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 Way  by 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 adventure novels.

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!!!"



  1. My husband and I got married in St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church.

    That book really seems to be wonderful read, a must share for children :)

  2. That's wonderful, Lea. :)
    Yes, it's a wonderful book.

  3. so great to know there are wonderful books like that one out there :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. You're welcome, Christine. And thanks for dropping by. Have a great weekend. :)