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    Title: The Weight of the Mass: A Tale of Faith Author: Josephine Nobisso, illustrated by Katalin Szegedi Publisher: Gingerbread House Date Published:
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      Title: The Weight of the Mass: A Tale of Faith
      Author: Josephine Nobisso, illustrated by Katalin Szegedi
      Publisher: Gingerbread House
      Date Published: November 2002
      ISBN: 0940112094
      Price: Hardcover $17.95, Softcover $9.95
      Comments: Recipient of several prestigious awards. Beautifully
      illustrated.



      From amazon.com:
      Editorial Reviews
      From School Library Journal
      Kindergarten-Grade 3-This gentle tale celebrates the power of the Mass in the
      Roman Catholic faith. A shabby, penniless old woman enters the baker's shop
      as he is preparing luscious creations for the king's wedding, which is about to
      take place in the city cathedral. Few are expected to attend, however,
      because the populace has grown cold and neglectful about their faith. When the baker
      refuses to give the old woman even a crust of stale bread, she offers to say
      a Mass for him, in exchange for food. Scoffing, he writes "One Mass" on a tiny
      piece of paper, places it on his scale, and tries to overbalance it with
      heaps of his finest pastries, but to no avail. The Mass outweighs them all.
      Chastened, he and his customers hurry to the cathedral to renew the practice of
      their beliefs at their monarch's marriage. The text, which was inspired by an
      actual event recounted by a priest in Luxembourg, is written in a lilting,
      storytelling style and teaches its lesson sweetly. Double-page spreads of warm-toned
      watercolors are filled with swirling action and show charming, doll-like
      people in Victorian dress.
      Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
      Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

      Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2002
      "A lovely Catholic parable . . . that can be read with pleasure and
      understanding by those of any religious background—or none." --This text refers to the
      Paperback edition.

      Book 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.


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