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Can You Find Saints?: Introducing Your Child to Holy Men and Women
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 5, 2010
Can You Find Saints? Introducing Your Child to Holy Men and Women is a great way to get young children interested in learning about the saints. I recently had the pleasure of sharing this book with my children, ages 5 and 9, and they enjoyed searching out the hidden pictures and learning about a plethora of saints.

The book is richly illustrated and incredibly detailed. It's sort of like a Catholic Where's Waldo or Look and Find book. If you have children who are interested in books such as those, they will likely enjoy this book very much and learn about our Catholic faith at the same time. As a mom, I love it when books combine fun and learning.

The book is comprised of thirteen picture searches. In every picture there are ten hidden pictures your child needs to find. Some of the searches are easy and others are a little more challenging. We've had this book for a few weeks now and we still haven't found all of the hidden pictures. That's a good thing if you ask me, because it will not only keep children busy, but it will also serve to bring them back to the book over and over as they try to seek out all the hidden pictures.

Every search has a different theme. One search is all about the Popes who have become saints, another focuses on how saints are identified, while other searches are dedicated to saints who are listed in the Liturgy of the Mass or the Bible.

Within each search there is a list of specific things, actions or saints to seek out. The book does a nice job at explaining what you are seeing in the picture. The writing in the book is very approachable for young children.

To help you further explain the pictures to your children, a parent guide is provided for each picture. I like the parent guides because they enumerate things that you should point out to your children as they look at the picture and find hidden objects. They are sort of like a teacher's manual for the searches.

This book offer offers a lovely glossary that defines three pages worth of terms found throughout the book. I find that to be quite a nice touch and I like knowing that my older daughter can sit with the book and look up any of the words for which she doesn't know the meaning.

Overall, I think this book is a lovely resource for faith formation. It's a fun way for children to learn about the saints. Children who have saint names can search this book to see if their patron saint is found among the crowds of saints packed onto every page of this book. My daughters sat with this book for over an hour pouring over the names of the saints in the pictures looking for their own names, names of family members and their favorite saints. They happily brought to book over to me every time they found a favorite saint, or one they thought seemed really cool or had an interesting name.

This book would make a lovely gift for the Catholic child in your life. It could be a fun First Holy Communion gift, a baptism birthday gift, or even a really cool gift to put under the tree or in an Easter basket.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of Can You Find Saints? by the publisher, St. Anthony Messenger Press, in exchange for my honest review.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2007
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my 5 year old daughter. She loves checking out the "Look-and-Find" books at the library, so I thought that we would try this one. She loves it, and doesn't even realize that she is being "atechized" while we read it!

The artwork is fun. The descriptions of the Saints, while brief are an excellent intro to their lives. Plus, I love the fact that the book makes that point that we are all called to be Saints.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
Had been looking for a child's book of Saints for a rambunctious grandson's First Holy Communion - one that truly told about the Saints in a respectful and informative manner but also one that would hold his attention. THIS IS IT!! I got an A+++ from his parents and was informed that he even takes it to bed with him - he absolutely loves it!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2008
My kids really enjoyed these books! Highly would recommend. Especially if your children enjoy Where's Waldo books. A nice way to bring God into their lives while having fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
Like a Catholic version of Where's Waldo, but also has extra layers of teachable moments if you want to go deeper. There are extra things to find in the back once you've found the items on each page. We love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2014
This book is great. It has ALL the saints in it, and they're fun to find. Love the pictures and the text that goes along with them. There's so much to look at because all the people seem to be doing something. It's certainly a much better version of Where's Waldo, since my daughter gets to learn about the Saints and her faith in this book. My only complaint is a mistake (I guess a typo) on one page, where it says "Can you find the Pope?" when it should say something like "Can you find the boy who regained his hearing" since the small picture you're looking for is the boy and not the Pope. I suspect they changed it last minute in the editing and missed that one word needing to be changed. But for a big book full of great pictures, one small typo is really not bad I guess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2014
I love this book. I bought it as a gift for my granddaughter. It features so many of the saints with information about different ones, but at the same time it will be fun to search through the pictures to find them. It is just like the Where's Waldo books, but more of a Traditional Catholic version. Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
The drawings are detailed and each page has multiple saints not just the hidden ones you have to find. There is a brief bio on the saint you have to find, just enough for young minds to remember. I would follow with the feast days and do this book, or save it for all Saints day.
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on February 17, 2015
I first bought it for my kid's friend's (5yo) birthday present. My 7 yo, 5yo, and me peeked through it, and we fell in love with it. This is like an "I spy" book where the kids look to find a picture. What's good about this book is it gives history of saints and their virtues. On the back pages of this book, there are some instructions for parents who want to even talk further to their kids how to follow the saints footsteps in real world.
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on February 22, 2013
my grandchildren spend hours finding the various Holy Angels and Saints depicted and described well in the various well-detailed pages - very entertaining and also educational as it teaches children and also young adults about Holy Angels and Saints, especially most they never heard of before - we highly recommend it for all families
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