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Catholic Review of: Handbook for Today's Catholic Children

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Author:  Francine M. O'Connor

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This item received 4 stars overall. (12/10/2011)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Children

 Shannon GriffinBy Shannon Griffin (MO) - See all my reviews


A great booklet for children, parents and teachers!

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The Handbook for Today's Catholic Children helps explain the basic beliefs of the Catholic faith at a level children can understand. Intended for grades 3 and up but I think if the teacher or parent read the story to the younger children they would understand the stories written in this booklet with very few questions.
This booklet might be little but is full of many wonderful stories. Uses simple line drawings, modern day incidents along with easy-to-read text to teach children the basics of their Catholic faith.  The Handbook for Today's Catholic Children includes fifteen short chapters with a prayer at the end of each one. What does this little booklet teach your child: 
  • Intimacy with God
  • The Mysteries of God
  • The Trinity
  • Grace
  • The Church
  • Mary
  • The Bible
  • Sin and Forgiveness
  • The  Seven Sacrements
  • The Communion of Saints
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Two Great Commandments
  • Rules of the Church
  • The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Evangelization and Discipleship
I think this handbook could come in handy in so many different ways: from a teacher's point you could help use this in your classroom during religion class. A religious education teacher could plan 15 lessons around this handbook. A parent could use this when needed a quick go to resource to help explain something about the Catholic faith to their child. This could  also be a great little booklet to give to a child at their communion.
I love that this handbook is written for children and uses real life experiences that helps them better understand and grasp the lesson to be learned. Sometimes it is easier to learn about something when you use a real life incident. I also love that each chapter includes a prayer at the end. Sometimes children find putting words into prayer hard. This little handbook helps them end each lesson with a simple prayer that they can use at that moment and later down the road.
I would recommend Handbook for Today's Catholic Children to parents and teachers. Thank you Tiber river for sending me this book.
You can purchase this book here.

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