The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faithby Katalin Szegedi
When a poor devout widow begs for a scrap of bread from a rich faithless baker, she promises to participate in the king’s wedding mass as payment for the baker’s generosity. The baker writes “One Mass” on a scrap of paper and places it on his scale to determine how much bread it is worth. To his and the entire town’s surprise, nothing in the shop, not even the gigantic wedding cakes made for the king, outweighs the simple piece of paper representing the true worth of a mass. Luminous old-world watercolor paintings grace the interior of the book and gold foil artwork lends an air of solemnity and sacred beauty to the story.
Josephine Nobisso is the author of 17 books including Grandpa Loved, Grandma’s Scrapbook, and The Moon’s Lullaby. She lives in Quogue, New York. Katalin SzegediS has illustrated numerous children’s books and was awarded the Most Beautiful Children’s Book Award by the Society of Hungarian Publishers and Distributors.
Warmly illustrated by Katalin Szegedi, The Weight of a Mass is an original cultural folk tale based on a true story . . . its luminous artwork and fairy-tale ending win the children’s imagination.
Faith & Family
Lilting storytelling style. Charming.
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- 8.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.38(d)
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- 5 - 10 Years
Meet the Author
Josephine Nobisso is the author of several books, including The Numbers Dance, Show: Don't Tell!, and The Weight of a Mass She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Bank Street College's Best Book of the Year and a Catholic Press Association Award. She lives in Westhampton Beach, New York.
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but I got just as much out of it. Ordering it now for the kids' teachers (K and 2nd)grade at our parochial school for Christmas presents. Beautiful message and engaging story! Thank you to the author and illustrator.