Friday, September 24, 2010

Book Review: Little Acts of Grace 2

Little Acts of Grace 2 is a sweet book that teaches small children ways they can show their love for Jesus in doing small things.  The book is 47 pages in length.  Unlike many story books geared to children this book is broken into several different sections.  You could read this book all at once, or you could take it a small section at a time.  All of the sections, but one, are four pages in length comprised of two pages of text and two pages of illustrations.   The text tells children very simply the ways they can grow in holiness and show love to Jesus and others by lovingly doing small kindnesses and acts. Each section concludes with a scripture reference.  The illustrations are filled with ways that show the acts of grace mentioned in the text along with other objects that can spark talking points, such as rosaries, prayer cards, divine mercy images and so on.

This book is essentially a continuation of the catechesis presented in it's predecessor, Little Acts of Grace.  We have the first title and I actually think the two books combined are a great way to teach young children how to behave at Mass as well as explain why we do some of the things that we do while we're there.

My daughter, who is five, really enjoyed this book and the other books from this line of books.  She likes to see what the tiny church mice who are seen on just about every page of the book are doing.  She also searches the illustrations to find Jesus and other items that she recognizes from church.  This book piqued her interest in the sanctuary light and the tabernacle and she tells me she's going to show me where they are at Mass tomorrow.  I doubt she would have wanted to go through this book and the others from this series looking for the tabernacle and sanctuary light in the pictures if she hadn't learned about it in this book.

My daughter likes the book and the illustrations.  Given that it's a book geared to children, I would say that her opinion of the book matters more than mine when it comes to the illustrations.  I'm torn on the illustrations.  Some of them are really nice to look at and others just look creepy.  I can be critical of illustrations at times so I asked my husband what he thought of them and he agrees that many of them are of the creepy variety.  I suppose what is most puzzling is that Jesus' appearance changes from illustration to illustration.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company.  Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Little Acts of Grace 2 and be sure to check out their great selection of baptism gifts while you are there.

I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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