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Catholic Mosaic: Living the Liturgical Year With Children Paperback – May 20, 2006
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First, let me describe the layout. The book description indicates what's inside generally, but I guess I didn't quite grasp it until I looked inside for myself. There are 52 books chosen for the calendar, i.e., one per week. For each one, there are vocabulary words taken from the book, discussion questions (most of these are really comprehension questions), copy work (a sentence from the book or from Scripture), and enrichment activities (crafts, locating places from the story on the globe, etc.).
Second, the book choices, which were ultimately what made me decide against this book. Several of the titles are published by small companies, and consequently, buying new means paying full price (which is a lot -- usually $15 - $20) -- and there are few used copies available. I can't even find most of them in my interlibrary loan system, which is massive. I'm all for spending money on books, but I try to know what I'm getting before I pay full price (this review is a case study in why I do that). Moreover, I'm not a fan of some of the books chosen, including, for example, Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" (I hate that book!), Angela Elwell Hunt's "The Tale of Three Trees," and Jennie Bishop's "The Princess and the Kiss." I realize that indicating my dislike of these books may offend the sensibilities of some readers -- I am only noting this for the sake of others who dislike them. It's true that the 52 books are just suggestions, and I can substitute my own. But part of what I'm paying for in buying this is someone else's work, and if it isn't useful to me, well . . . .
I bought this book as part of the Mater Amabilis free online curriculum, and I couldn't find a used copy for a good price at that time (although there are some now). Probably, if I had paid less, I would just keep it. There's an extended book list (of probably 150 or 200 books) that is somewhat useful -- browsing on Amazon also turns up many of the titles. And looking at the book has certainly inspired me to do something similar on my own, with books I like (and can find). It also has appendices that correlate it with Seton Art I and with A Year With God, which might be useful to some people, as well as appendices with pro-life activities, maps, and prayers. (I do not know if these are in all editions of this book.)
I pick and choose which books to read per month, planning to use the program again next year, I don't feel pressured to cover all books in one year. I have ordered the books from Amazon, some may be offered at the library though (I haven't checked b/c I don't mind just building up our home library).
My two boys have liked the books so far, and they also enjoy the crafts. I would recommend this product to anyone who enjoys beautiful books that also have a message parents can get behind.