Our Lady Came to Fatima written by Ruth Fox Hume, illustrated by Christpher J. Pelicano, published by Ignatius Press, part of the Vision Book Series, 165 pages. I would like to start off by saying that we love the Vision Book Series. I think that every Catholic child should have at least a few of this series on their book shelf. "Our Lady Came to Fatima" was a wonderful book, we read this book for the first time during our out loud reading time and was able to read a chapter in anywhere from 20 minutes to a half of an hour. I would say that this book has a reading level of fourth grade and up. My teenager has re-read this book and enjoyed it just as much now as she did the first time when she was 9 years old. This book isn't just for girls either, my son enjoyed it as well. We found "Our Lady Came to Fatima" very informative into the apparitions of the Blessed Mother, as well as to the lives of the three young shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. We found the narrative very descriptive, you can clearly picture the Blessed Mother as she appeared to the children. Also the feelings of the children were portrayed in great detail as they were harassed by family, neighbors and the government, all who thought they were lying through many of the months that the apparitions were happening. It goes on to tell of the children's lives after the October 13th miracle, the dance of the sun, witnessed by more then 30,000 people. The bravery in the face of death shown by young Francisco and Jacinta is a great model for children. Chronicled also are the struggles that Lucia faced as she entered the convent and tried to move forward with her life. An afterword gives an update (the original copyright is 1957) to the beatification of Fancisco and Jacinta.
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