Saturday 18 March 2017

Brigid and the Butter - Pamela Love and Apryl Stott

Brigid and the Butter:
A Legend about St. Brigid of Ireland
Pamela Love
Apryl Stott (Illustrator)
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN 9780819812339

This book has become an immediate family favorite. We have read it more than a dozen times in under a week. The story and the illustrations are loved by all three of my children ages 10, 9 and 6. In fact I might need to get a second copy of this book because both my girls want to carry it around the house. Pamela Love in her first book for Pauline and from our reading we hope there will be many more.

This is the retelling of one of the legends of St. Brigid of Ireland. And it is wonderfully retold. The story of the young slave girl who must decide between sharing what little she has, or possibly going hungry makes a very hard choice. In part he choice is inspired by a sermon from Bishop Patrick (St. Patrick) preaching on the loaves and the fish.

It is an inspiring story. Every time we read it we end up discussing giving, and giving from what we have. We also talk about sermons and following God's leading no matter the challenge.

The illustrations by April Stott are incredible. My youngest has asked for a framed version of the portrait of St. Brigid from the end of the book. My youngest is constantly carrying this book around and looking at it, and asking someone to read it to her. She just loves the pictures and the story.

My children also love the biography of St. Brigid that is at the end of the book, and also the prayer to Saint Brigid. Overall this is a wonderful book and we highly recommend it.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

No comments: