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Sr Joanna Coleiro, fsp, is a Daughter of St Paul with a long-time interest in the spiritual growth, faith development and religious experience of both adults and children.  With Christmas just around the corner, Sr Joanna from Pauline Books & Media, has provided some book recommendations for the younger members of your family.

The Lord’s Prayer
by Julianna Swaney

Delight in a stunning celebration of the classic prayer Jesus taught to his disciples with this beautifully illustrated edition of The Lord’s Prayer.  Gorgeous images of the natural world accompany these traditional words – it’s the perfect gift that will be cherished forever.

Most Christians know this beautiful prayer by heart and it is the first prayer a child learns when introduced to Jesus and God.  Prayer is something anyone can do and you don’t have to use complicated or flowery language, this prayer is simple and is easily memorised by children who will carry it forever throughout life. 

With beautiful and delicate illustrations by Julianna Swaney, this is the perfect gift book for a child.  Available from Pauline Books & Media.

The Crow and the Peacock
by Jo Fernihough 

The Crow set out on a quest to discover the happiest bird in the world.  He encounters a softly cooing dove, an elegant swan, and a much-loved cockerel before finally meeting a peacock, bound in a golden cage.

Crow is in awe of the creature’s magnificent bejewelled tail – and believes this must be the happiest bird of all.  But when Crow discovers the peacock’s wish to fly free, he realises who was the happiest bird all along.

This picture book offers young children a lovely message about being happy with the way we are.  Available from Pauline Books & Media.

The Life of Jesus
by Sally Grindley

Discover the events in the life of Jesus, and how his message reached so many people in this large, magnificently illustrated introduction to the story of the New Testament. 

The major events of Jesus’ life are told in twenty-six stories, revealing how his message reached many people through his teaching, healing, forgiveness and miracles.  All-absorbing illustrations accompany each story in this beautiful picture book, making it perfect for children to read and look at by themselves, or for parents and grandparents to read with them.  Available from Pauline Books & Media.

By Sr Joanna Coleiro fsp


Pauline Books & Media is run by The Daughters of St Paul, which is an international congregation of religious women founded to spread the Gospel through the channels of the modern media.  Why not visit the book shop at 7 Denmark Hill Road, East Hawthorn.  Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and Saturday 9.00 am to 12 noon.




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