Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Favorite Picture Books: The Saving Name of God the Son

edited by Jean Ann Sharpe with artwork by Fra Angelico

I recently purchased this board book as a baptism anniversary gift for Second Son and absolutely love it. I bought a few extra copies to give to godchildren and I wish I'd picked up more. (I bought mine directly from Bethlehem Books.)

This book introduces children (and parents) to the person of Jesus Christ using text born of the liturgy of the Eucharist, all complemented perfectly with appropriate artwork by Fra Angelico. It begins with the Annunciation and shows the life of Jesus through the Ascension and the Last Judgment. It's beautiful in every way and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Notes at the end identify every painting. In addition, a list of references from the Bible and The Catechism of the Catholic Church appear for the text on each page. It is, therefore, a perfect book for godchildren and their parents, imparting the faith in a beautiful way. Holy Child Curriculum also provides a page of suggested activities, none of which I have tried yet with Second Son. (He loves to point to Jesus in every painting, though.)

It was originally envisioned as the first of a series, including books on God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. I can only hope if enough of us purchase and share this wonderful book, they will provide the remaining books.


  1. I really like this book, too, especially since I got to visit the church and museum in Florence where Fra Angelico lived and painted. That was in my single days!

  2. This is just a beautiful book, we like it at our house too!!


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