Wednesday 3 April 2024

Mary MacKillop: Australia's First Saint - Jeannie Meekins - 15-Minute Books Book 623

Mary MacKillop: Australia's First Saint
15-Minute Books 623
Jeannie Meekins
Learning Island
eISBN 9781310884344

Mary MacKillop: Australia's First Saint - Jeannie Meekins

This was the first volume I have read by Jeannie Meekins. According to amazon she has over 120 unique titles geared for young readers. Many are biographies, some are in a Fun Facts Series, and other appear to be short fiction. This one was recommended I believe because I had already read two volumes on Mary MacKillop. This is part of a series tagged as 15-Minute Books, which are geared to get children reading for 15 minu8tes a day. 

The description of this volume is:

“Mary MacKillop devoted her life to educating poor children. With the help of Father Julian Woods, she established her own religious Order, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

She set up over 100 schools, educated 12,000 children, and received approval from the Pope for her Order.

Mary constantly battled against the Church in her own country – and was even ex-communicated.

But she kept her faith and devotion to God and she became Australia’s first saint.

Find out more about this woman who became a saint.

Ages 8 and up.”

The description of the Series is:

“ believes in the value of children practicing reading for 15 minutes every day. Our 15-Minute Books give children lots of fun, exciting choices to read, from classic stories, to mysteries, to books of knowledge. Many books are appropriate for hi-lo readers. Open the world of reading to a child by having them read for 15 minutes a day.”

The website is now defunct, but Learning Island when I checked the internet archive machine appears to have been a site with contributors from around the world. The oldest archived versions show books available for download in PDF format and exercises to go with the books. Later iterations of the site show link to purchase cheap eBook and later even print editions of the works. There are some numbered even into the1000’s. With the most recent being from early 2013 and numbered at 1014. But I only find 163 when I search Kindle. The sections in this booklet are:

Early Life
Mary meets Father Woods
The Stable School
Mary’s Order
Mary is Ex-Communicated
The Rule of Life is approved
Mary’s Death
Mary’s Legacy
Australia’s First Saint

Even though I have read two other biographies of this saint, I still really enjoyed this volume. It was engaging and well written. It does not talk down to children, it includes the word excommunication. It is clear and concise. It is a wonderful introduction to this saint, and the life she lived. 

This is a wonderful little book. I enjoyed it so much I picked up 3 other volumes by the authors as soon as I finished this one. I can easily recommend this volume for school, church or home library. A great read for young readers. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2024 Catholic Reading Plan

Books about Saint Mary MacKillop:

Books in the 15-Minute Books Series about Saints:

Joan of Arc: The Girl Who Fought For France - Jeannie Meekins

Mary MacKillop: Australia's First Saint - Jeannie Meekins

Saint Francis of Assisi: The Patron Saint of Animals - Jeannie Meekins

Saint George: Dragon Slayer - Jeannie Meekins

Saint Patrick Ireland Beloved Saint - Jeannie Meekins

Saint Valentine: The Man Who Became the Patron Saint of Love - Jeannie Meekins

The Lives of Seven Saints - Jeannie Meekins

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