Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Review: Saint Catherine Laboure

My eleven year old really enjoys reading about the saints, so she was pretty happy when a copy of Saint Catherine Laboure And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal showed up at our house.  This book is a nice biography of St. Catherine Laboure.

My eleven year old read this book in a few days, but I'm fairly certain she could have devoured it in a single day if she wasn't enjoying the final days of summer vacation at the time.  She enjoyed the book but felt that there were parts of it that weren't very exciting.  So I suppose she was looking for a bit more action in the story which she didn't find.  She was surprised to learn how the miraculous medal came to be.  She was certainly impressed by that part of the story.

I read through the book and thought it was well written and gave a great account of St. Catherine's life and her encounters with our Blessed Mother.  I also thought it was wonderful that throughout the book there are pronunciation guides for names that are foreign to those who are not familiar with French.  I also like that this book has a glossary in the back, so children can look up terms that they might not fully understand.

At the end of the book is a lovely prayer to St. Catherine and our Blessed Mother.

I think this book is perfect for children between the ages of about nine to twelve.  The book could be easily used as part of a home schooling curriculum.  We haven't read any other books from the Encounter the Saints series, but I'm sure we will after having read this one.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company.  I was provided with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Saint Catherine LabourĂ© . The Catholic Company is a great resource for tools to help you participate in the Year of Faith, including Year of Faith bible studies and exclusive Year of Faith personalized gifts. The Catholic Company also has all your Advent needs in stock, such as Advent calendars and Advent wreaths.

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