A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as one who […]
…before they get returned to the library and I forget about them. Although this first one might get purchased at some point:
This book was published this summer – it is really lovely, and I’m sort of surprised no one thought of doing this before – a collection of legends from the Texas missions. Kimmel culled Adina de Zavala’s classic collection History and Legends of the Alamo and Other Missions in and around San Antonio for the 6 stories he retells and that are wonderfully illustrated by Susan Guevara. Not exactly 5-year old friendly – I only read Joseph a couple – most of the others wouldn’t interest him too much, and there’s only one picture per story – Joseph loves to examine the pictures in books carefully, searching out suprising details and funny jokes. I’d say this was more an 8 and up kind of book. Up to your age, perhaps?
This one was 5-year old friendly. Short and gentle, woven in a Jewish framework, a simple book about the "first gift" parents give their children – a name. It begins with David, then jumps back to Adam, who was named by God and given the job of naming the animals, and then forward to the child today – the child reading the book, children around the world, and then another, modern child, also named David. It could probably be a bit longer, but we liked it. Finding "Joseph" in the text – always a big thrill – probably contributed a great deal to that, I’ll admit.