Item description for The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith by Josephine Nobisso & Katalin Szegedi...
Overview On the day of a royal wedding in a kingdom where everyone has grown careless in the practice of their Catholic faith, a poor widow helps reveal the true value of the Mass.
Publishers Description When a poor devout widow begs for a scrap of bread from a rich faithless baker, she promises to participate in the king's wedding mass as payment for the baker's generosity. The baker writes "One Mass" on a scrap of paper and places it on his scale to determine how much bread it is worth. To his and the entire town's surprise, nothing in the shop, not even the gigantic wedding cakes made for the king, outweighs the simple piece of paper representing the true worth of a mass. Luminous old-world watercolor paintings grace the interior of the book and gold foil artwork lends an air of solemnity and sacred beauty to the story.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith by Josephine Nobisso & Katalin Szegedi has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 47
Kirkus Review - Children - 11/15/2002 page 1700
School Library Journal - 01/01/2003 page 107
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 47
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Studio: Gingerbread House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.5" Width: 8.06" Height: 0.25" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Gingerbread House
ISBN 0940112108 ISBN13 9780940112100
Availability 0 units.
More About Josephine Nobisso & Katalin Szegedi
Josephine Nobisso is the author of 17 books including Grandpa Loved, Grandma s Scrapbook, and The Moon s Lullaby. She lives in Quogue, New York. Katalin SzegediS has illustrated numerous children s books and was awarded the Most Beautiful Children s Book Award by the Society of Hungarian Publishers and Distributors. "
Josephine Nobisso currently resides in Quogue, in the state of New York.
Josephine Nobisso has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith?
Beautiful Apr 11, 2008
My children received this book as a gift, and our 5 and 3 year olds really enjoy the story. The illustrations are very well-done, and the story is beautiful.
"Outweighing" life's finer things Jan 2, 2008
This well-written tale, reportedly based on a true story, demonstrates to young children how the Mass ought to "outweigh" life's supposedly finer things -- in this case the delicacies of a baker. As others have observed it is beautifully illustrated by Katalin Szegedi; her watercolor drawings help children develop an early appreciation for the three transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. The book takes about seven minutes to read, so it's perfect for reading to young children (7 and under.) "The Weight of a Mass" deserves the fine praise it has received here and elsewhere, and it makes one look forward to other titles by the publisher Gingerbread House. Highly recommended.
Beyond a Children's Book Dec 6, 2007
This is more than just a children's book. It is something very special and beautifully illustrated that caters for the child that lurks inside all of us. The simple story touches not just on human faith but issues of the heart that will promise to bring a lump in your throat at the end of it. If you have young children, read it to them. If you don't, find a quiet moment and read it aloud to yourself. I promise you, it's really good for the soul. A wonderful gift this Christmas or any time.
Perfect Gift for a Godchild Oct 23, 2007
I have ordered several copies of this book and given them as gifts, and I will order many more I am sure. It is a terrific First Communion gift, providing a very tangible example of the value of going to Mass, it is a message which resonates with parent and child alike.
Beautiful Book Oct 5, 2007
This is a wonderful book about a folk tale regarding the Eucharist. Make sure you read the passage at the end, it is based upon a true story! My children love this book. It really helps them appreciate how important the Mass is.