Article first published as Book Review: Secret Service Saint by Janet Ann Collins on Blogcritics.

Are you a parent looking for ways to teach your child about the true spirit of giving? If you answered yes, you must read Janet Ann Collins’ book: Secret Service Saint.

It is a book that tells of the joy of giving. Recommended for three to eight-year-olds, it is based on legends about the famous Saint Nicholas, who discovered the fun of doing secret good deeds.

Reading this book will teach children about having compassion for people in need. It will also help children understand that we all at times need help from others.

The best lesson to be learned is if we have the means by which to help someone else we should always do it. Sometimes children have a hard time sharing their belongings with others.

Lastly, this is a good book to curl up with during the Christmas season.

Parents can use the book to teach children about the legend of Santa Claus.

The fine illustrations done by Eugene E Ruble, a 30-year distinguished member of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild brings life to the story.

Author: Janet Ann Collins
Artist: Eugene Ruble
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-935137-98-6 & ISBN 10: 1-935137-98-0
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-935137-99-3 & ISBN 10: 1-935137-99-9

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you very much for the nice review of my book, Nicole.


  2. This is a book by Jan that I haven’t read yet. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it in this great review.



  3. Hello!

    Your tip is great to read!

    We Jews and Jewess, we celebrate the ‘Festival of Lights” or Hanukkah, which is actually the party that encouraged the Christmas Day. The fundamentals are identical: Rejoice us, giving gifts, eating healthy foods, but most importantly for us in celebration of Hanukkah is to give charity to needy people.

    Kisses and Peace.



  4. Thank you, Adele.

    I’ve heard that Christmas was originally celebrated at that time of year because of the Roman festival of Saturnalia held then. Since Christians were likely to be arrested and killed because their religion was illegal and not celebrating at that time made them noticeable they started doing it.

    However, you’re certainly correct that both the Jewish and Christian celebrations have a lot in common. Our religions are far more similar than they are different.


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