Saturday 16 April 2016

Hail Mary - Sabrina Bus and Xavier Deneux

Hail Mary
Sabrina Bus (Author)
Leslie Mathews (Translator)
Xavier Deneux (Illustrator)
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
ISBN 9780802853127

The book is done in three parts. The first is the Hail Mary Prayer done in script across the top of the pages, the second is the illustrations, and the third is the text at the bottom of the pages explaining that specific line in the prayer.

This book has wonderful illustrations as seen from the example page spread below. It can be used to teach the Hail Mary Prayer but also to go deeper into the meaning of the words. It is a fun and engaging book.

We have had two books by Sabrina Bus in our house for over a decade, since our oldest was very young. We have both this one and its companion volume the Our Father. They were a gift from a friend of the family. Even though they are simple board books , that have been read hundreds of times, they are still often read and are treasured by our three children. I even enjoy going back and reading them which after so many years and so many readings cannot be said about many books. 

I highly recommend this book and the author. Give it a try.

(Note: in doing researching for this review I found that there are number of other books by the author and illustrator available in French, it is a pity they are not available in English.)

Books by Sabrina Bus:
In English:
Our Father
Hail Mary

In French:
Notre Père
Je vous salue, Marie
Mes premières prières du soir
Les fêtes chrétiennes
Arche de Noé pop-up

In Italian:
Ave Maria
Padre Nostro

In Spanish:
El Arca de Noe

Die Arche Noah

(Note: this books is part of a series: A Year of Reading Intention - Catholic Reading!)

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