I saw this book in the latest Conciliar Press catalogue and ordered it right away. We ended up giving it to Sugar Plum on the Anniversary of her Baptism and it has been a favorite in our house ever since.
One of the things that I like the most about this book is that it can be read and understood at a variety of different ages. There is a brief "Notice This" section that is perfect for younger children and a longer section to the left with more detail on each of the icons presented. The icons that the author chose for this books are beautiful and very common to the churches in America (in my experience). I think that children who read this book with their parents will be able to pick out the icons that they learn about in Pictures of God in their own parishes.
The only thing that I found disappointing was the icon of the Saints of North America. They are missing Saint Raphael of Brooklyn! This book was published after his canonization and I wish that an icon including him was chosen.
I am very happy that we added this book on icons to our collection and think that it will help our children to understand icons and notice details in icons much more than they would have without reading this book. If you are looking for a book to add to your children's library, I don't think that you will be disappointed with this one!
Oooh, we will be ordering that book for our son! He LOVES icons, he has a plastic baseball card holder with icon cards of Christ and the Theotokos in it that he carries around and small icons of the Theotokos (one a keychain, the other a Christmas ornament) that he wears on ribbons as necklaces. He'd LOVE a whole book of icons!
Perfect for his next name-day!
Oooh that loks so pretty. We're not Orthodox; but I love icons. It seems Orthodox children's books tend to be prettier than our terrible Catholic ones. I may have to start haunting Orthodox catalogs.
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