Folk Like Me: The Read Aloud Book of Saints Paperback – Oct 7 2011
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Each saint story is well told and would make a great read aloud to a group of children with the right background. There was a wonderful twist to many of the stories I hadn't heard anywhere else, the St Patrick story included. These are inspirational stories letting everyone know that we, too, face challenges and we can overcome them in the ways that these saints did.
The book is well-researched, Lucchese has the credentials with her PhD in cultural geography to write about these saints from all over the world, and throughout the last 2000 years of history. She has avoided many of the cliched saint stories in favor of new ones that students are likely to be unfamiliar with. This is a big part of why this book stands out over other saint books, it is well-written with different stories than you will find elsewhere.
Texas-based Kathryn Mitchell Lucchese, who has a doctorate in cultural geography and has spent years working with school children, has just handed us all a tremendous gift. At her school, she began reading aloud a weekly story of a saint, which she carefully edited for maximum impact and, in some cases, to soften the violent edge a bit for her younger students' ears. These became very popular. She did this year after year and, now, in a great big paperback book by Morehouse Publishing, she offers her stories to all of us.
She organizes the book for Christian educators to use once a week in a school year that stretches from August to mid-June. She matches these saints nicely with their annual observances in the Christian liturgical calendar. For example, St. Nicholas falls in her early December readings just as St. Nick's saint day falls each year on December 6. As a good educator and geographer, Lucchese even adds a couple of dozen maps to the back of her book, so you can show kids exactly where each saint lived.
Of course, as a parent myself, I can tell you this book shouldn't be limited to classrooms. It's great for parents to read aloud!