Monday 27 July 2020

Lily Lolek, Future Saint - Katie Warner and Amy Rodriguez

Lily Lolek, Future Saint
Katie Warner (Editor)
Amy Rodriguez (Illustrator)
TAN Books
eISBN 9781505116588

This was the second Katie Warner book we have read. A few years ago we read Cloud of Witnesses: A Child's First Book of Saints and loved it. Both my daughter and I loved this book. She read it to me three days in a row. And has already shared it with her friends down the street. It is a fantastic read, and we will be tracking down other works from Katie to read. The description of this volume is:

“Your little one will love the story of this spirited young girl and her bold dreams to become a saint, book and broom in hand. Filled with bright and colorful illustrations, whimsical rhyme, and a powerful lesson, you and your child will want to read this book again and again! 

This is the story of Lily Lolek.
There was nothing that she wanted more
Than to love with her might
And to burst with God’s joy
Til the day she reached heaven’s big door. 

But is being a saint as tough as it seems?
Lily wonders inside of this book.
Hear what this priest says about Lily’s bold dreams...
There’s a lesson we shan’t overlook.”

The story follows Lilly. She dreams of being a saint. But when a friend makes a comment about not being able to be a saint. She loses some of her shine. But after a priest comes for dinner her goal of becoming a saint is stronger than ever. The book gives a lot of examples of different saints. And also reminds us that we are all called to be saints. The saints highlighted in the volume are:

Damien of Molokai
Thomas Aquinas
Mary, The Mother of God
Bernadette of Lourdes
Elizabeth of Hungary
King David
Philip Neri
Joan of Arc
Francis of Assisi
Maria Goretti
Augustine of Hippo
Dominic Savio
Martin de Porres
Jane Frances de Chantal
Therese of Lisieux

The book is an excellent read. The illustrations are wonderful. The style is both bright and vibrant. The book ends with a litany that is great to pray and use to help your child create their own. This book was an instant family hit. It is great for the young ones in your life. And as a reminded to all of us, to strive to be saints. We highly recommend it.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Katie Warner:
Head & Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family
Gaze Upon Jesus: Experiencing Christ's Childhood through the Eyes of Women
A Grandparent Who Prays: A Journal to Guide You in Praying for Your Grandchildren
A Parent Who Prays: A Journal to Guide You in Praying for Your Children

A Sponsor Who Prays: A Journal to Guide You in Praying for Your Confirmand
A Godparent Who Prays: A Journal to Guide You in Praying for Your Godchild

For Children:
I Went to Mass: What did I See?
Cloud of Witnesses: A Child's First Book of Saints

Lily Lolek, Future Saint
Let Us Pray: A Child's First Book of Prayers 
The Word of the Lord: A Child's First Scripture Verses 
Kiddie Cat: A Child's First Catechism Lesson 
Father Ben Gets Ready for Mass 
This is the Church

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