If you are looking for an easy to read children's book that explains each set of Mysteries in a manner that a young child will understand, then look no further. The Mass and prayer book our parish gave to all the children who were preparing for their First Holy Communion at the beginning of this past school year, did a good job of explaining how to pray the Rosary using a diagram, but I was disappointed that it was incomplete (no Hail Holy Queen) and didn't explain any of the Mysteries of the Rosary. It's one thing to know the names of each Mystery, but it's quite another thing to understand them and be able to meditate on them. Wanting my child to have an understanding of each mystery, is what lead me to look for a Rosary book geared to children. I was delighted when I discovered Fr. Lovasik's The Holy Rosary
at my local Catholic gift shop.
The first pages of the book give the story of the Holy Rosary. There are three brief sections that discuss the appearances of the Blessed Mother with the Rosary to Saint Dominic, Saint Bernadette in Lourdes, and the three children at Fatima
Next, there is a page that names the four groups of Mysteries (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious). The page also provides a diagram of a rosary that is numbered. There is a "How to say the Rosary" section has a list of steps that correspond to the numbers on the diagram. This is followed by a few pages that list the prayers of the Rosary. I think those pages would more appealing to children if they had added a few pictures.
After the basic how-to instructions, each set of Mysteries is presented. On the first page for each set of Mysteries a brief explanation of the set of Mysteries is presented, followed by a list of the five Mysteries that fall under that heading. On the five pages that follow, there is a verse about the Mystery that is being meditated on, and a beautiful illustration.
In all, the book is a lovely way to introduce your child to the Rosary. I have found it to be very helpful in teaching my daughter how to meditate on the Mysteries. On many occasions, she asked for more details surrounding the Mysteries. I like that the book prompts her to ask more questions so she can achieve a better understanding.