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Child's Guide to the Mass
Category: Books > Children > Children's Books
Books > Faith Formation > First Eucharist
Author/Artist: STANTON SUE
ISBN / ID: 9780809166824
Publisher: Paulist Press
Price: AU$21.95
Description: Child's Guide to the Mass introduces the Mass to children in a fun and engaging way. Accented with colourful drawings, children are guided through the various parts of the Mass, from the opening songs through the readings and the Eucharist, punctuated with questions and activities. Contemporary yet classic, informative yet playful, Child's guide to the Mass is an unusual offering that will engage children with pleasant artwork and simple language, allowing them to better appreciate an important religious service.
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Dr. Louise Welbourne, op 2004-09-08 14:40:23
There is a sense of a child's real joy as Sarah, the narrator, invites the reader to join her and her family at a Mass for children. As well as the concept of Mass as a participatory celebration the visuals convey the message of the reality of the assembly when babies are part of the congregation; of the intergenerational nature of a congregation and the inclusivity of children who are disabled.
The narration, from the perspective of Sarah who has not yet made her First Communion, makes the book suitable for reading to children. The writer has cleverly inserted, in words and illustration, some of the essential elements of the Mass in a way that will give children a sense of understanding, and hence identifying with this celebration. One theological fact that could have been dealt with better is the reference to Communion as another name for the consecrated bread and wine. This explanation is too abstract for the age of children for whom the book is written. The adult who uses the book with children could paraphrase here the reading from 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26. This account is an opportunity to introduce the sacrament of Eucharist as doing what Jesus did when he took, blessed, broke and gave the bread and wine to us to be done in memory of him. The action words of the Last Supper, in 1 Corinthians, are more comprehensible to small children than the concept of consecration. There is time in their sacramental education in the years ahead for children to develop their theology of Eucharist.
I believe the book would be best used by being shared individually with a child, or with small groups of children, so they have full access to the visual message of the illustrations, which are integral to the richness of the book.

(Quoted with permission from "Echoing the Word" Vol 1, no. 2, 2002)
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