Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia for Children


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Fascinating stories and captivating illustrations delight children as they discover and explore the basics of the Catholic Church!

Here are:

  • The great people and events of the Bible
  • The life and message of Jesus
  • The history of the early Church
  • Lives of the saints
  • Fundamental Catholic beliefs and practices
  • And more!

This kid-friendly resource is the ideal read-aloud text for kids in kindergarten through second-grade. It's one that has third- and fourth-graders happily proclaiming, "I can read it myself!"

Unlike most encyclopedias, the format is similar to a storybook, with information presented in a topical style rather than alphabetically. Whether they're listening or reading, youngsters will keep an eye out for "Ichthus", the friendly fish who acts as their guide throughout.

Parents, grandparents, and godparents: This is a perfect First Holy Communion, Christmas, or birthday gift. Librarians, catechists, classroom, and homeschool teachers: This is the solid, Catholic - entertaining! - resource you've been looking for.

Beginning with the creation story, this charming book winds its way through the Old Testament highlighting key stories such as Joseph and his coat of many colors. Then in the New Testament young readers will explore the life of Jesus, as well as the founding and growth of the Church. The examination of the lives of significant Saints, the vital teachings of the Church, and Christian symbols present the fundamental beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931709866
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,351,535
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Welcome 11
I. In the Beginning
The Bible: The Story of God's Love for Us 14
The Rest of the Story 15
God Created the World 16
Eden: The Beautiful Garden 18
Sin and God's Mercy 19
Noah and the Giant Flood 21
God Tests Abraham 22
Joseph's Coat of Many Colors 24
Moses and the Great Escape 28
The Ten Commandments 32
David, the King Who Sang 34
II. The Life of Jesus
The Annunciation: An Angel Brings Good News 40
The Visitation: Mary and Elizabeth 44
The Birth of Jesus: A King Is Born 46
Three Kings: The Gifts of the Magi 50
The Presentation in the Temple 52
Jesus' Home at Nazareth 54
Jesus Is Found in the Temple 56
John Baptizes Jesus 60
Jesus Calls the Apostles 62
The Wedding at Cana 64
Jesus Teaches and Heals 65
Loaves and Fishes 67
Jesus Loves Children 68
The Stories of Jesus 70
The Last Supper: Jesus Says Goodbye 76
Jesus Dies on the Cross 78
Jesus Is Alive! 82
Pentecost: The Holy Spirit Comes 84
Mary, Our Beautiful Queen: The Assumption 86
III. The Church Begins to Grow
Peter, the First Pope 90
Paul Tells Everyone 91
Spreading the News Around the World 91
IV. The Church Covers Europe
The Saints In Europe 94
Christians in Danger: The Early Church and Persecution 96
Christians Devote Their Lives to Jesus 98
The Middle Ages: The Age of Faith 100
Saint Benedict's Monastery: A Life of Prayer 102
A Medieval Town 104
Saint Francis and His Christmas Surprise 106
The Crusades 108
Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel 109
A Most Wonderful Invention 110
The Reformation: Christians Are Divided 112
V. The Church in the new World
The Church Crosses the Ocean 116
Saint Juan Diego and the Beautiful Lady 120
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha 124
Saint Frances Cabrini 126
VI. This We Believe
The Pope and His Home, the Vatican 130
The Church: God's Home and Ours 132
The Mass 134
Patrick and the Shamrock: The Trinity 136
The Creed 138
Jesus' Great Promise 139
The Communion of Saints: One Big Family 140
The Saints, Our Friends 141
Saint Joseph's Big Job 142
Saint John Bosco and the Boys 144
Saint Mary Mazzarello 146
Saint Dominic Savio 147
Saint Therese's Little Way 148
Prayer: A Conversation With God 150
The Sacraments: Signs of God's Love 154
A Year With God: The Liturgical Calendar 156
What Would Jesus Do? The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy 158
The Jesse Tree: A Family Tree 160
Catholic Sacramentals 162
Christian Symbols 164
VII. Index 168
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