Friday, March 8, 2013

Book Review: My First Communion Remembrance Book

My middle daughter, Ellie, is preparing to receive First Holy Communion later next month.  There are just so many things to do as we prepare for this big day.  I've spent plenty of time perusing missals, first communion bibles and things of that nature.  I like the give the girls meaningful gifts that they can use when they receive the sacraments of initiation.

Recently a beautiful hardbound keepsake book showed up in my mailbox that is just perfect for a child who has just received First Holy Communion.  It's the My First Communion Remembrance Book.  The book reminds me a bit of a baby book where you record baby's milestones, only this book is a place for your child to record what they did to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.  There's a presentation page at the beginning of the book that makes it a great gift idea for a first communicant.  Inside the book you'll find spaces where the child can record when he or she received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, as well as how they prepared for these sacraments and who helped him/her to prepare for them.  There are activities, such as coloring in pictures,  decorating banners, recording your thoughts on different prayers and stories from the bible, and how you celebrated your First Holy Communion day.  There are several pages where you can add photos, cards, and notes from your First Holy Communion.  It's a great way to create a lasting keepsake of the day.

Throughout the book you'll find bright  cheerful illustrations that go with the prayers, bible stories and scripture verses.  There's a section of bible stories that tell the story of the Eucharist.  The stories are a nice length for second graders and will help them gain a deeper appreciation for the Eucharist.

While this book is prefect as a First Communion gift idea, I think it's also a great book to help prepare a child for the sacrament.  There's plenty in this book that can be used before hand to help you child gain a better understanding of this sacrament beforehand.  Because there's so much in this book that has the option for hands on participation, it's a great for kids who learn by doing.

Overall, I think the concept of a keepsake book like this is quite nice.  I wish I had known there were books like this four years ago when my eldest daughter was preparing for this sacrament.

I was provided with a review copy of the My First Communion Remembrance Book by the publisher Pauline Kids, in exchange for my honest review.  Visit Pauline Books & Media for more information  on this book* or to purchase a copy.

*You can take a peek inside the book when you visit the product page.

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