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Jersey Journal Writer Recommends "Don't Drink the Holy Water" by Liguori Author Fr. Joe Kempf

Liguori Publication

When looking for stories to inspire a child’s story time this Christmas season, Fr. Alexander Santora, suggests Liguori author Fr. Joe Kempf’s Don’t Drink the Holy Water.

In an article for the Jersey Journal, Fr. Santora, pastor at Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken, NJ, explains that these Christmas “spirit-ed books” make great gifts because of the importance of reading to children.

“The art of reading to children is so important. It helps them develop imagination and an appreciation for the spoken word.  In fact, hearing words aids learning them and all that makes better writers,” Santoro wrote.

He cites four noteworthy books, including Kempf’s, to give to kids as Christmas presents to help them appreciate the spoken word and instill Catholic values at a young age.

Fr. Santora’s summary of Don’t Drink the Holy Water introduces Big Al and Annie puppets to his readers. These two characters help talk kids through the different parts of Mass. Also, he remarks on the colorful illustrations and the helpful DVD, which features Fr. Kempf with real children and puppets of his two characters.

This book is one of three Liguori titles featuring the lovable Big Al, who Fr. Santora describes as resembling the cookie monster. The other titles are My Sister Is Annoying and You Want Me to Be Good All Day?.

These three books teach children important life lessons and Catholic values in a way that they can easily understand.

Read Fr. Santora’s article for more ideas, and keep these books for children this Christmas season.

Find more children’s books to give at Christmas at http://www.liguori.org/for-everyone/advent-christmas-everyone/advent-christmas-families-children-everyone.html.

Fr. Joe Kempf Author of "Don't Drink the Holy Water"

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