Saints for Kids

goldenMaybe the most constructive thing I can say about Golden Legend of Young Saints is that my son – who is 11 and a kid who is more than happy to tell you when he doesn’t like something, particularly a book – has read it and had some positive things to say about it.  In fact, when I borrowed his copy, he told me to make sure I get it back to him. 

The book is written by Henri Daniel-Rops, a popular Catholic author and historian in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.  This book was originally published in 1960, but was published in French earlier than that.  (The original French publication date is not noted in this volume.)

This book is a collection of stories about young saints from Christian history.  It strongest quality, especially from a kid’s point of view, is that it presents the stories of the saints in narrative form, reading like a novel rather than a biography.

The earliest saints it features, like Marcellus, Mark, and Paul, are from apostolic times.  There are more, like Agnes and Blandina, from the time of the early Church.  As the book progresses chapter by chapter, we move up through time as well, meeting Odilia, Joan of Arc, and Aloysius Gonzaga.  The most recent are the Ugandan martyrs and Dominic Savio (the chapter on him tells the interesting story of an encounter with St. John Bosco), all from the 1800’s. 

I’d recommend it.  I’d say the reading level would be for about ages 9 and up.

(This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company.)

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