This will be welcomed by Catholic parents who have deplored the general calibre of religious books for Catholic children. For here is a dignified presentation of scriptural incidents in the childhood of Jesus, from the annunciation through the presentation in the temple. There are two important points to make:- the text in the main is taken from the Douai Bible; the illustrations, in an open line, were originally planned for a coloring book, and can be so used. The second section tests the knowledge of the young Bible student with references and questions that link to the first section, and can carry the use of the book to the next age group. Conservatives may question some of the details of the drawings, such as teddy bears, a very modern looking ironing board, a small child in bathing trunks, and the assumption that books and learning to read were natural occupations of Palestinian village children. The intention is clear -- to convey to small users a sense of identification.