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Author: Father Lawrence G. Lovasik

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Publisher: Catholic Book Publishing Co.

Material: paperback

Summary: St. Joseph's life as foster father of Jesus This book celebrates the life of one of the most important Saints in the Catholic Church, Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 6 to 9

Reading Level: 4.2

Age of Child: Started reading with 3-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Preschooler understands that Joseph was Jesus' Daddy and loves to talk about their family life as compared to ours.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was the only book available at the book store this parent visited. It is a beautiful rendition, with each page being a different story (easy to break into different reading sessions).

Pros: This book is an effective tool for preparing preschooler for the Feast of St. Joseph (patron Saint of Sicily) and for teaching about the early years of Jesus.

Cons: This book is very dry, but taken in small bites, is a nice book.

Borrow or Buy: Buy, because these books are not generally available at a public library and because it only cost $1.25, yet it will be valued for years to come.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Pascual and the Kitchen Angels SAINT PATRICK, VOL 10  

Educational Themes: Catholic beliefs about St. Joseph and his role as foster father of Jesus.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, Christian, biography

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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