Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review: Saint Andre Bessette

Who says kids books are only for kids?  Not me!  Several months ago I was sent a review copy of Saint Andre Bessette: Miracles in Montreal. I know Madeline ran off with it and read it, but sometimes getting her opinion on books in order to write a review is more difficult than keeping a house clean with a toddler and two school aged kids [That's code for nearly impossible.].  Add that to the fact that I had never even heard of St. Andre Bessette and that meant that I had to read the book just to find out.

While I have really enjoyed every book I have read so far from the Encounter the Saints series from Pauline Books and Media, I wasn't sure I'd like this one.  Here I was about to read a book about a saint I had never heard of and it was a kid's book.  Well, a few chapters into reading the book I found that I didn't want to put it down.  I begrudgingly put it down to play with my youngest child and as soon as nap time rolled around it was time to finish reading this book.  Like the other books in the Encounter the Saints series, the story line will keep young readers turning pages and does a great job of teaching them about the life of a saint in the process.  By the time I was done reading this book I was thinking about how it would be great if we could trek up to Montreal sometime to see St. Joseph's Oratory.

As with other books in the Encounter the Saints Series, this book also has a great prayer and glossary at the end of the book.  While the target audience of the book is for children in the 9-12 year old range, I think that children as young as severn could read this book with minimal help.  I also think the book has the ability to appeal to children up through eighth grade. 

I was provided with a review copy of Saint Andre Bessette by the publisher, Pauline Books and Media,  in exchange for my honest review.  You can find out more about this book or purchase a copy by visiting Pauline Books & Media.

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