Sunday 5 February 2023

Story of Saint David - Sian Lewis and Roger Jones

Story of Saint David
Sian Lewis
Roger Jones (Illustrator)
Pont Books
ISBN 9781859022306
ISBN 1859022308

This is a short picture book on Saint David of Wales, or Sant David Dewi, it was originally published in 1995, with reprints in 1997, 1998, and 2000. There may have been future printings but the one I read was from 2000. A few years ago I read Dewi Sant: St David Patron of Wales, by J.B. Midgley which started my interest in this saint. And my son found out this is the patron saint of his school Saint David’s in Waterloo, Ontario so I decided to look for more books about him. This was the first that I have read in that further study.

Description on the back of the book:

“Every year on the first of March, the people of Wales celebrate St David's Day. Who was David? Why do we remember him? This story describes a boy who had very special gifts. As he grew up, he became famous for his preaching and his miracles. Even today, we remember the good deeds and wise words of David, Patron of Wales.”

The book is listed as 16 pages but I count 13 pages that are either full page illustrations or illustrated pages with text overlay. The pages are done in a variety of styles as far as the illustrations and artwork. Including one illustration inside an oval on a full page. The illustrations are a unique style. The book does not glamorize the saint or the people of the time. It is an interesting little bio of this saint, clearly geared for young readers but well enough written that in my mid 50’s I enjoyed it.

I am glad I tracked this down and thankful I gave it a read. I look forward to reading more about this saint, his life and his lasting influence. I can easily recommend this for home, school, or church use.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2023 Catholic Reading Plan

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