BOOK REVIEW: Recognizing everyday miracles

by Loretta Nemeth

maglianoCracks in the Sidewalk, by Tony Magliano. Eastern Christian Publications (Fairfax, Va., 2015). 28 pp., $9.95.

Tony Magliano, best known as an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist, enters the children’s book genre with Cracks in the Sidewalk. In it, Magliano stays true to his vocation by instilling the seeds of social justice, “sharing, fairness and love for life,” into the minds and hearts of young readers, inviting them to “deepen their awareness of the many wonders that surround them.” Magliano says the book will “help young children better appreciate the goodness of God, who showers us with wonderful blessings everyday!” The book leads the child from recognizing the work of God in nature to recognizing it in the caring people in the child’s life. A great gift book, when shared between adult and child, Cracks in the Sidewalk can be a reminder to the adult to stop and see God’s everyday miracles around us, too.

The delightful childlike crayon illustrations by Lynn Armstrong give young readers a sense of familiarity and comfort.

Cracks in the Sidewalk can be ordered under New Titles in the Online Catalog of Eastern Christian Publications, www.ecpubs.com ; (703) 691-8862 for $9.95 plus $5 shipping and handling.

Loretta Nemeth is director of communications for the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy (Diocese) of Parma and editor of Horizons, the eparchy’s newspaper.

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