Josiah and Julia Go to Church {review}

I am so excited to tell you all about this absolutely delightful new book for young readers!  Josiah and Julia Go to Church: A Young Child’s Guide to Church Etiquette was written by Kelly Ramke Lardin and illustrated by Sheena Hisiro.  It was just released by Conciliar Press.

The first time I saw this book was on author Melinda Johnson’s blog series Orthodox Writers & Readers and I’d been looking forward to checking it out ever since.  The idea of a children’s book on church etiquette is just such a fantastic concept.

And let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

Let me tell you a little about what we really loved.

First, I am *thrilled* that it is a board book.  There are so many Orthodox books for older children but not many at all for infants and toddlers who tend to tear books apart.  So, this is just great!   Sprout can read it and I don’t have to worry about it missing pages at the end of the day.  I do wish the cover was a little thicker because we’ve been toting it around for a few weeks now and it is already starting to wear and tear a bit.

Even the older kids enjoyed reading it.  Ace and Lucky managed to trick Sprout into giving it up and then they sat together and read it during Liturgy. I was surprised that Ace (now 8 1/2) was interested in it but he enjoyed pointing out all the naughty things to Lucky.  No surprise there, lol.

The book is excellent in helping children actually see the difference between good and bad behavior.  It touches on lots of important parts of attending Liturgy that we as parents are constantly talking to our children about like how to make the sign of the cross and venerate the icons properly.  It also shows how to properly light a candle, eat antidoro, and receive communion.

You can certainly tell the author is a mother!  I have been raving about this book to all of my friends who run church bookstores and every one I know that has children or godchildren!

You can order your copy here.

8 thoughts on “Josiah and Julia Go to Church {review}

    1. Oh, that IS awesome! Wish I was closer so I could come! Be sure to post pics!! Hope all is well with you and your little monkeys. 🙂

    1. I saw that in your other comment on the summer reads post! What a beautiful book! I have to order a copy, I love books on prosphora and Potamitis’ books are always wonderful!

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  2. Re: Josiah & Julia I confess I was not as pleased as you were. I enjoyed the light hearted and colorful illustrations. I found the situations all true to life, Josiah makes the Sign of the Cross and bows contrasted lghtheartedly with Julia’s awakward attempt resulting with a bump to the floor,and the lighting of the candles, and the need for Julia to blow them all out-like candles on a cake. Then Julia opens her mouth wide to receive Communion…but Josiah squirms and spits out-the Body and Blood of Christ. Here Ms Lardin has crossed a line for me-yes, this happens, but not everything that happens needs be illustrated. ANd this is not the same as blowing out all the candles at the candle stand. Many children will test their parents and mimic things which they see, but better not to give them this image- I m afraid I prefer Presbytera Maria Khory’s books as much more suitable for children.

    1. Mat Nikki, Actually you are absolutely right. I didn’t even think about that when I originally read this book. After your comment, I went back and looked and realized that it is in the text, not the illustrations. To give the author the benefit of the doubt, she did say that Josiah shouldn’t do that because it is the Body and Blood of Christ. But I do agree 100% that something else would have been more appropriate. Thank you for pointing this out! And I too, love Pres Maria Khoury’s books and her mission. She does so very much for the Church in Palestine.

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