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Animals of God, Volume Two (Volume 2) Paperback – March 19, 2016
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In the second story, Cuthbert for Breakfast, children will identify with the main character, a young goose named Chester who admires his older brother and wants to do the things he does. As the story unfolds, the geese find themselves in a bit of trouble and then face to face with a saint! I like how the little goose Chester, while younger and weaker than the older geese, acts with courage and determination to save his brother.
I also feel the artwork is just as detailed and beautiful as in Volume One. Young children will have not only something to help them visualize the story but also the extra coloring pages in the back. Peek’s stories definitely entertain, but they also encourage virtue and make me love the little-known saints she writes about. After reading each of her stories, I can’t help but try to learn more about the saints in them.
The stories in this volume are a little more intense than the ones in Volume 1, so if you have a more sensitive or younger child, I'd recommend reading it to yourself first to gauge whether they're ready for it.
Overall, this is a great way to encourage interest in the Saints, plus learn more about some of the less well-known Saints. I've also been thinking that this, along with volume 1, would be a unique and fun First Communion gift.
This volume contains two well-developed stories. In the first, two captive, ravenous lions anticipate their next meal—a human sentenced to die in the Colosseum—but when the lions race to attack the beautiful young Thecla, something amazing happens!
In the second story, Chester the gosling longs to be just like his older brother Cuthbert, so he joins him on a daring cornfield raid. When a horrible fate befalls his brother, Chester believes all hope is lost—until he witnesses a miracle and learns the true meaning of the word “saint.”
"Animals of God" teaches valuable lessons of courage, faith, love, mercy, and more. These lively and memorable tales are never dry or preachy. They contain just the right touch of fascinating “scariness” for children while providing excitement, humor, and happy endings. And the illustrations are gorgeous.
Each story is told from the animal’s point of view and is divided into five chapters. My plan was to read one chapter to my kids each night before bed, but I kept on reading because we just had to know what happened next! And when the book ends, the fun continues with bonus coloring pages.
When I asked my 7-year-old which book he liked best, he said, “I like them both best!” Indeed, both volumes of "Animals of God" are top-notch children’s books that deserve a place in every Catholic family. They’re sure to be well-read and well-loved.