- Age Range: 8 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 8 - 4
- Hardcover: 36 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1621640620
- ISBN-13: 978-1621640622
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Junipero Serra: Founder of the California Missions Hardcover – October 15, 2015
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This conflicted feeling of mine is one of the many reasons why I truly enjoyed reading the new book Junípero Serra: Founder of the California Missions by Linda Gondosch (Author) and Emmanuel Beaudesson (Illustrator). While the life, valor and faith of St. Junípero Serra deserve to be known and cherished, it's impossible to look at the story of the California Missions without acknowledging the hurt that was done to some of California's native sons and daughters.
One of the reasons I enjoyed reading this new children's biography from Ignatius Press and Magnificat is that the book does not shy away from history. In sharing St. Junípero's dramatic calling to the priesthood and his passion to share his faith in mission territories, it also spells gently and in child-friendly fashion out some of the wrongdoings and conflicts of that time. We learn of Father Serra's passion to bring Christ to those living in this part of the world, but we also see him advocating for and ministering to those whose way of life was being shaped and changed. The book is well researched, detailed yet accessible, and filled with eye catching illustrations which draw us into the life, adventure and true caring of St. Junípero Serra.
The story is fascinating by itself, but Gondosch makes it appealing to children by telling many interesting incidents that happened to St. Junipero. I was amazed at St. Junipero's persistence in following his goal of bringing Christianity to Native Americans in spite of great physical hardships and personal illness.
Gondosch did not forget the negative side of St. Junipero's story. She talks about the ill treatment of the Native Americans, and how the Spanish wanted to change their ways. But St. Junipero was always their advocate.
Gondosch wrote this book for children, and was always careful to explain terms that they might not understand. She made the book appealing by showing the human side of this man. And she made the book interesting enough that adults can enjoy it and learn the story of this interesting new saint.