Book Review: Counting on Faith
by Maurice Prater
Illustrated by Jason Koltuniak
Bismarck, ND: Divine Providence Press, 2014
Available From: Divine Providence Press, Amazon, Seton Educational Media, The Catholic Company, EWTN Religious Catalogue, and Catholic Booksellers
Maurice Prater graciously sent me a copy of his Catholic children’s book to review, Counting on Faith.
Counting on Faith offers many impressive features. First, it pairs counting with the tenets of the Catholic Faith, teaching the child to count and to learn about the Faith at the same time. For example, the number one is combined with one God, the number two with a pair of animals of each kind on Noah’s Ark, and the number three with the number of people in the Holy Family: Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph. Second, it is illustrated with beautiful full color pictures of the Faith. Third, it has received a number of awards. Counting on Faith has received the 2015 Seal of Approval from the Catholic Writer’s Guild and has also received a Nihil Obstat and an Imprimatur from the Catholic Church, which confirms that it is a solidly Catholic book.
Counting on Faith was designed to be kid-friendly and appealing to the little ones with its bright colors and large print, which will help them focus on the task and have fun learning about their religion simultaneously. The three – six-year-old child seems to be the target audience for this book, as counting to ten is a preschool skill. I highly recommend Counting on Faith for preschool religion classes, for school and church libraries, and for home-school religion classes. This is a beautiful book which your little ones will love.