Cloud of Witnesses: A Child's First Book of Saints

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I had the pleasure to receive Cloud of Witnesses: A Child’s First Book of Saints as a surprise in the mail. It was perfect timing, as my son is just beginning to learn about the saints in his kindergarten class.

It is a board book. So it’s very durable, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the material to be richer than what I would expect from a typical board book. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since the saints do demonstrate the richness of the Church!
My mom commented that some of the quotes from the saints are pretty advanced. Some are more simple prayers and acclamations from the saints, and some have more material in them. “Pray, hope, and don’t worry” by Saint Pio is fairly understandable, but I don’t know if it’s even possible to bring a quote by St. Augustine to a 3-year-old’s level.
I think this is actually a good feature of the book because all age levels can enjoy the book (and the younger sibling can’t easily destroy it). I also think that many children’s books underestimate the intellectual capacity of kids. My 5-year-old enjoys listening to some books that are at the middle-school and high-school level and as far as I know, he’s not a child prodigy.

Cloud of Witnesses: A Child’s First Book of Saints is a great way to introduce young kids to saints and to have as a spiritual resource for them even as they grow older. My son, the five-year-old, has requested that I read it over and over. It is mom- and 5-year-old-approved!

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Copyright 2018 Meg Herriot
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Meg Herriot is a veterinarian and Third Order Dominican. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and pets and blogging at All Creatures Great and Crazy about being a veterinarian, mother, wife and most of all a Catholic trying to grow closer to God in a chaotic world.

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