Having returned to the Catholic Church, I want to share my passion about God and all I didn't know that I didn't know about the Catholic Faith the first time around. This is a Catholic centered blog about the faith, music, movies, books (especially fantasy), writing, and Catholic homeschooling in California.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Happy Feast Day of Saint Therese of Lisieux! Here is a book for you!
St. Therese is also known as "The Little Flower"
and "Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus".
I'd intended to write about a special children's book
after my girls and I finished reading it, but because it's St. Therese's feast
day, I'll do that today.
Olivia and the Little Wayby Nancy Carabio Belanger is the story of a
fifth grade girl who has moved to a new school. She wants to make friends and
also practice Saint Therese's "Little Way" of doing service to God.
My girls are in 6th grade and homeschool, but that was no
hindrance to them falling madly in love with this book. Olivia, the main
character, is realistic. She has flaws. She's impulsive and though she wants to
be good, she sometimes is very naughty. We follow her struggles carefully,
rooting for her to overcome urges to do the wrong thing--applauding when she
succeeds and sighing sadly when she messes up. Though the book deals with a
battle within the main character herself, the book is more intense than many
Lovely realistic drawings, by Sandra Casali LewAllen,
appear throughout the novel.Each
chapter closes with a little hint that makes the reader crave to read on. Each
chapter opens with a quote from St. Therese. My girls are even more wrapped up
in this book than the fantasy adventure we're also currently reading. When we
finish a chapter, it's always, "One more, please!!!"