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Child's Guide to the Mass [Hardcover]

Sue Stanton , H. M. Alan
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Book Description

March 1, 2001 4 and up Preschool and up
This bright and cheerful interactive explanation of the Mass will keep children occupied Sunday after Sunday. Little Sarah invites readers to join her and her family for a special Children's Mass. She explains everything in child-friendly terms, both the key parts of the Mass and the different roles of the laity. Many prayers and responses are given in full. Along the way Sarah asks questions that prompt the reader to point out people, actions, and items and that also gently encourage appropriate behaviors and thoughts. Searching the appealing art for the answers yields surprises as the typical congregation whispers, drops bulletins, and hunts for runaway babies. Above all, this book's message is that Mass is a loving place that has room for everyone.

Child's Guide to the Mass holds up to multiple readings week after week after week. The playful full-color illustrations show a diverse congregation that embraces the young and the old, the well and the disabled, plus a wide range of ethnic groups. The book's unique interactive features will entertain young readers as well as gently teach them and encourage them into a joyful attentive presence at Mass.

Written for kids aged five to eight, this title is recommended for parents, grandparents, home schoolers, and caretakers; Sunday school teachers, CCD teachers, and parochial school teachers; children's liturgy committees; parish offices; directors of religious education; Catholic daycare centers and Catholic hospitals; and gift givers everywhere.


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Editorial Reviews

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Ages 4-8, with an adult. Sunday school may be interesting for many young children, but services themselves often inspire squirming. Stanton strives to change that by clarifying what goes on during the Roman Catholic Mass to make the service more interesting and fun. Young Sarah describes the Mass, from the opening songs through the readings and the Eucharist, sharing her experience in simple, buoyant prose, punctuated with questions and activities (two of which, unfortunately, suggest taking a pencil to the pages). There's also plenty of cartoon-style art, watercolor and pen-and-ink, which matches the lighthearted approach. The absence of both a glossary and an index will leave adults on their own to answer questions about penitential rites, homilies, and Eucharistic prayers, but this is an unusual offering that will engage children with pleasant artwork and simple language, allowing them to better appreciate an important religious service. John Green
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A book that will engage children with artwork and simple language to help them appreciate the Mass. -- Booklist<br /><br />A charming book to introduce your child to Mass using simple everyday terms. -- Elaine Murray Stone<br /><br />Clearly and invitingly explains each part of the Mass with words and illustrations that are easy to understand -- The Catholic Journalist<br /><br />It clearly and invitingly explains each part of the Mass with words and illustrations that are easy to understand. -- The Catholic Journalist<br /><br />It is the best book available to children that breaks down the Mass and makes it simple, understandable, and fun! -- Michele Federle<br /><br />The only book that breaks down the complicated Mass and makes it simple, understandable, and fun! -- Michele Federle<br /><br />This is an unusual offering that will engage children with pleasant artwork and simple language. --Booklist

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; English Language edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809166828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809166824
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's He Doing, Mommy? June 23, 2001
Format:Hardcover
This book explains the mass in simple and clear terms, with an insight that would be helpful for casual Catholics too. My French grandson-age 4- was fascinated by the celebration of Mass during a recent visit.He insisted that his mom explain everything that the Priest said. I bought this book so that he and his little sister could remember our religious celebration. Both of the kids love this book and insist that my daugther read it to them most nights.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delight, but short on theology May 13, 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book explains the sequence of the Mass very well, and is quite engaging. The illustrations are interesting to kids - at least to mine!
I would have preferred a little more background on the why's of the Mass. The book focuses somewhat on who does what and when. I'd like to see just a sentence or two that goes into the theology. What does it *mean* when the priest offers up the bread and wine during the offertory? How is that different from the Consecraton?
It has been very valuable, and if used as a starting point for discussing the why's, then it can't be faulted.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not what I thought March 24, 2003
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This is nice book for children to learn about the mass. It is geared toward older children though, a little old for my four year old. It gives the names for each part of mass, which is nice but the words are too big for small children. My daughter kept losing interest but each page asks a question that quickly caught her attention again. I actually thought this book would go more in depth about mass, listing the prayers and explaining church a little more, but it didn't. Overall is it a cute modern book for older children.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very orthodox and over simplified August 23, 2011
By S. Wood
Format:Hardcover
I had the opportunity to look at this book at the library. I was disappointed in the over-simplified language, but most of all the illustrations that show some forms of liturgical abuses. If you take a look at the cover with all the kids standing with the priest as if they might be possibly be up on the altar saying the Our Father together (although I don't know for sure that's what the illustration is), you get the idea. One of the pictures is of the priest is giving a homily down in front of the congregation, not from a pulpit... little things like that.
As far as the language used to explain the parts of the Mass, I think the proper terminology can be given and explained at a child's level instead of using "near synonyms" for what is going on. Some of the terms and descriptions given were not acurate or theologically/liturgically correct.
If you want to teach your child about the Mass without liturgical abuses and dumbed-down language - stay away from this one!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for those who prefer more traditional mass February 19, 2011
By marknc
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Not recommended for those who prefer more traditional, reverent type of mass. It is for those who like the mass more as a social gathering, and not as holy sacrifice, and want their kids to think that way. The priest starts mass by saying loud 'Good morning everyone', then choir performs with guitars, and Sign of Peace where everyone tries to hand shake as many people as possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for Pre school August 23, 2010
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This is good, but too old for my 2 year old granddaughter. Probably better for Kindergarten age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for 1st graders April 22, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I used this book in addition to the textbook for my first grade PSR (CCD) class this year and then sent it on to my kindergarten aged granddaughter. This is a well written book for children with delightful illustrations. It doesn't go into the why but that is something that can be added by parents or teachers. I found the book most helpful and recommend it for both home and PSR use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful June 19, 2014
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Wonderful introduction to the mass for a child. Illustrations a great help. Easy to follow and understand. Good for a child that can read with some assistance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best for 5-6 years on up.
Published 2 days ago by J Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book for youngster to have in Church. They can follow along with the flow of the Mass and find things in their Church to match the pictures in the Book..i.e. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mom 2 4
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid friendly book.
Great to read to toddlers as they grow into children. My kids ages 8 & 9 now did their first communion and this book helped transition into the religious education textbooks. Read more
Published 9 months ago by OC Dancer
5.0 out of 5 stars Child's Guide to the Mass
The little six year old daughter of a friend of mine was the receipient of this book. After her mother helped her read through it one time she now wants to be a eucharistic... Read more
Published on September 17, 2010 by Bob O
5.0 out of 5 stars Child's Guide to the Mass
This is a great hardcover book. We bought this as an Easter present for our smaller children. I know they will love it. It's written very well -- and easy to understand. Read more
Published on April 2, 2010 by Mom of 6
4.0 out of 5 stars Make Mass more fun.
I have two sons, and Catholic Mass is a bit long and...uninteresting for them. I purchased this book for my eight year old and it has helped so much. Read more
Published on February 26, 2010 by ohboymommy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Missal
A good book to add to the church bag, but definitely not structured a missal and harder for my younger kids to follow along during Mass since it's wordy. Read more
Published on January 27, 2010 by K. BINS-TURNER
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for multiple ages
I bought this book 1-2 years ago for my godson, who is almost 6. It took him a while, but he loves it. Read more
Published on May 28, 2008 by L. Kuhn
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