Words from those who love the series:
What Is the Eucharist? is just the sort of book I would have wanted my little ones to had have with them at Mass and our family adoration hour, or to have just to read to them while snuggled up together on a couch. The sweetly compelling illustrations invite the reader to enjoy them as they soak in the amazing reality that is our Catholic Faith.
This book is not what Charlotte Mason would have called “twaddle.” What Is the Eucharist? is a book that allows the child to encounter the good, the true, and the beautiful in a real way, without being talked down to. Charlotte Mason recognized that children have an innate love for and appreciation of such things.
An added benefit of these books is that the format lends itself so naturally to having your child memorize key scripture passages. In Mother of Divine Grace School we recognize that memorization is something that young children are naturally good at and that they love to do. Their minds are so receptive at that point in their lives – memorization is simply something they do, whether or not we ask them to!
Just reading these books with your child will go a long way toward having them know the passages, and should you decide to take it a step farther and ask them to “recite” they will spend many happy hours entertaining and edifying your entire family and friends. If you have an older child read aloud to younger siblings, you get the added benefit of helping the older child become familiar with the scripture and have it in their own hearts! But don’t miss out on passing the Faith on to your children yourselves, too; fathers, especially, will enjoy helping out a busy mom by reading them aloud, too.
These books have given us an easy and delightful way to memorize important truths of the Faith – truths they will keep in their hearts and ponder throughout their lives. What a gift! I will be getting these books to give to my grandchildren and godchildren.
Jan Becher, Teacher and Consultant, Mother of Divine Grace School
The author’s note sets the stage for what is found within the pages of the artfully written “What is the Eucharist?” by Annemarie Thimons. An amazing teaching tool that simplifies the traditionally complex foundation of our Catholic Faith, What is the Eucharist explains, teaches and encourages the youngest Catholics to be drawn to Jesus, present in the Eucharist. Inclusion of appropriate and inspirational scriptures invites children to connect the explanations of our faith practices to The Word and provides the opportunity to begin scripture memorization. Inspirational illustrations decorate each page, assisting children with making connections to what happens during the Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Although the story is presented simply, for children, the message is clear and direct; Christ is present in the Eucharist and He desires to be with us. As a parent, I am thrilled and greatful to have this book as a resource for my family.
Kelly Ross, Mom of 3 Curious Little Catholics
I got a peek inside these little treasures and was immediately attracted to the bright, colorful illustrations. Annemarie does a wonderful job of anticipating what children think about upon glancing at a tabernacle or monstrance and offers a simple explanation, and scripture verse, to answer their questions. If you are often at a loss as to how to explain the mysteries of the faith to your probing preschooler, consider these first two books in the growing Curious Little Catholic.
Kelly Mantoan, Writer and Blogger, thisaintthelyceum.org
When I first heard of the new Curious Little Catholic series I jumped for joy. As the mother of a two year old and a 14 month old, I am always looking for ways to enrich their faith lives and especially look for Catholic items and toys to bring to Mass (I’d let my kids sprinkle Lourdes holy water everywhere during Mass before I’d let them bring in a Ninja Turtle or My Little Pony figurine). What Annemarie Thimons and her mother, illustrator Nancy Rosato-Nuzzo, have created is nothing short of pure, majestic, simple beauty.
Currently the series contains two titles – What is the Eucharist? and What is a Sacrament? – with a third title to be released this summer. Honest to goodness, I got the chills just gazing upon the book covers. In each book, Annemarie weaves simple explanations of these fundamentals of our faith, with the aid of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to paint a complete understanding that the tiniest Catholics will comprehend. She also includes a relevant Scripture verse on each page, short enough for small children to memorize with ease.
Nancy’s illustrations are flawless. Her depictions of simple, familiar scenes with complex details had me gazing in wonder and awe with every page turn. The layered beauty in her illustrations serves to continually reveal the depths of our faith and of God to the youngest and oldest readers alike.
I positively could not find a single flaw with either of these books. They are the perfect blend of orthodoxy, simplicity, familiarity, and relatability. The most moving moment for me came near the beginning of What is the Eucharist?. Annemarie explains the Eucharist as the hidden Jesus and compares it to a baby hidden in his mother’s womb. In one illustration, Nancy depicts the bread and grapes in the forefront of a shadow of the Cross and in the next depicts the baby hidden in his mother’s womb. It was at this moment I began crying with joy and gratefulness. In these two pages alone Annemarie and Nancy shout the dignity of life at every stage and in every circumstance, affirm the immense majesty of the gift of Jesus Christ’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, and showcase the Eucharist as truly the source and summit of the Christian life.
In Eucharist, Annemarie further explains what the Eucharist is, when we receive it, and even explains the beauty and purpose of adoration. In Sacrament, she explains what a sacrament is and then what each individual one is, means, and what graces they confer on us or help us to prepare for.
In all, this series is not to be missed. If you have small children, you do not just need these books for your collection, you need these as a centerpiece of your children’s faith formation. If you don’t have kids or don’t have young kids, buy these books anyway – I guarantee that they will enrich your faith life. The age recommendation for the series is three and up (preschool), but my two year old, who sees the Cross in the stitching on our couch and cries, “Jesus!”, adores these books. A favorite moment while we were reading was when she pointed to an illustration of the crucifix and said, “Jesus on cross” and then pointed to an illustration of the Eucharist and said, “Jesus look like bread!” Yes, I have found the perfect addition to our “Mass bag” and to our daily reading and prayer times.
I absolutely cannot wait for Annemarie and Nancy to create new titles in the series!
Theresa Williams, Writer and Blogger, Ignitumtoday.com