Bed Time Stories of the Saints
When children are young, it can be difficult for parents to teach them certain skills and lessons to live a good life. For example, toilet training a young person is something all parents suffer through and most of the time it is hard for them to teach their young ones how to use the bathroom. Several methods have been developed by psychologists, pediatricians, and other scholarly people on the toilet-training process. In addition to this, children’s books are published that are strictly directed at teaching children about their own bodily functions, and using the restroom. The language used, the illustrations, and the delivery of the language, is directed at children. Even children’s bibles are made because children cannot comprehend, or hold the attention to the King James version on the Bible, and so the stories of the bible and its teachings are rewritten in a language children can understand, as well as presented in a manner that will hold a child’s attention. This same approach is used for Catholic stories of their saints in order to teach children about them and their lives that they lived, which reflects how the Church instructs its followers to live in order to go on to everlasting life with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Each children’s story evaluated, although directed to teach children, or to help the parents teach the child, also contains a certain sub-text, and by comparing the same children’s stories to those written for adults and the general public about saints, and by examining the authors intent, as well as the intent of the Catholic church, the importance of these different story styles and their purpose will be determined.
The first story analyzed will be the story of St. Patrick, from Bedtime Stories of the Saints, book 1. The author, Frank Lee, clearly attempts to directly state, and/or express his purpose for how, whom, what, where, and why he wrote these stories about Catholic saints.
Here you will find a number of stories to help harried mothers and fathers tell their children about the saints. We have added new saints, or rather have knocked at the doors of old ones, for they are all dead, except you and me. Perhaps some of those who knew this booklet years ago will soon be using it again—for their own children. The unbelievable moment of childhood renews itself in your home—so let’s talk about the saints!
Clearly, this introduction, or even dedication, is aimed at the adult reader, or parent figure in a child’s life. The author then gives the reader, or perhaps potential reader, a bit of a poorly written statement about the contents of his book, which is unnecessary due to the title being Bedtime Stories of the SAINTS. Most literate people would assume the author would indeed be writing stories of saints from the past. The statement, “for they are all dead, except you and me,” for one, should read, “for you and I.” Secondly, he intends on...