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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: The story of the life of St. Patrick. This book, published by Catholic Publishing, emphasizes the victory of Patrick over the Irish Druids and other enemies of the Church.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 10
Reading Level: 4.3
Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Preschooler asked many questions regarding the vivid illustrations (St. Patrick is shown overcoming the druids and sword-wielding warriors. He often wears a very stern expression). But overall, s/he found the stories interesting and source for much discussion about missionary work and the beginnings of the Catholic Church.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book is drier than some of the other books this parent found, but the illustrations are vivid and the stories are good teaching tools.
Pros: This is a good book for showing that perseverance, courage, and most of all, faith, will overcome all.
Cons: This book is better for school aged children due to the realism and the themes of victory over evil.
Borrow or Buy: Buy, because these books are not generally available at a public library and because it only cost $1.25, yet it will be valued for years to come.