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Paddy and the Wolves: A Story about Saint Patrick When He Was a Boy Paperback – Large Print, January 4, 2017
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Prayers, recipes, ideas to celebrate the feast of Saint Patrick, and facts about Saint Patrick's life are at the back of the book. The back cover can be used to play a game. Information about purchasing the corresponding coloring book is provided at the end of the book.
Jen Norton's illustrations are colorful and detailed. Norton's folk art style is beautiful, classic, and effective artistic storytelling. The illustrations have many Christian signs and symbols. Each drawing invites the reader to spend time exploring the images.
It's no secret that I love Jen Norton's work....Her style is friendly, inviting, fun and colorful. I feel like no matter how much I praise her talent with words, I cannot do it justice...The author not only allows the readers to get a glimpse of St. Patrick's childhood by revolving the story around shepherding, but also allows the child practice in sitting still! The book is just long enough to catch my "almost 5" year olds attention...I read it to him once and he listened and went on his way. Another time my husband read it to him and I heard our little boy ask, "what does obey mean?"...My husband was able to explain the meaning of that word, and explain how it is important for children to obey their parents. Thank you, Steve Nagel, for that wonderful opportunity!
My daughters loved this book. I sat down to read it to them and they listened intently to the whole story, even though it was a little longer than the stories I usually read to them. They are ages three and four and their attention span held throughout the story because the pictures are very colorful and detailed. This is an imaginative story about what it was like for St. Patrick as a boy.
I am so thrilled to have been introduced to Paddy and the Wolves. It is a delightful children's book with gorgeous illustrations and will be a treasure for our collection for years to come. The best part of this book is that it encourages little ones to praise the Lord in a special way. If you want to breathe new life into how you celebrate St. Patrick's day this year pick up a copy this great book and it's coloring companion."
Nagel's gentle prose is designed for children in grades K-2, but my whole family enjoyed it....As for Nagel's included activities, I ate about half of the oatcake dough before it even went in the oven, and the girls had a great time playing the game on the book's back cover. As a homeschooling mom, I found the information at the end of the book most helpful. Nagel provides a fascinating biographical sketch, a recipe for the aforementioned (really tasty) oat cakes, and suggestions for celebrating St. Patrick's Day as a family. Nagel also adapts for little ones several of the prayers attributed to St. Patrick, including the powerful Lorica.
From the Author
- Patrick, Saint Patrick!, was not Irish?
- So how did Patrick get to Ireland?
- When did Patrick become a priest and missionary?
- Patrick didn't hate the people who made him a slave?
- Saint Patrick's prayer was not created by him...but it could have been.
- What about the Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in America?
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Nagel’s story begins in the countryside of the British Isles with a young St. Patrick just too fidgety for prayer. When his mother sends him out to help Barra, the shepherd, Paddy’s encounters with nature reveal the importance of allowing Jesus to go before, beside, and behind him.
While Paddy begins his afternoon adventure with Barra, the young saint eventually takes to solitary exploration of the nearby woods. God has given Paddy three great gifts: a mother who prays unceasingly; a mentor (Barra) who instructs him gently; and a deep, childlike abiding faith which leads him safely through interaction with a bear cub, a snake, and a hungry pack of wolves. Paddy returns home to his mother once the sojourn is over, but not before remembering to praise God for the beauty of his wondrous creation.
Nagel’s gentle prose is designed for children in grades K-2, but my whole family enjoyed it. My girls (10 and 6) were immediately drawn to the wolf aspect of the narrative (go figure), and my son (2.5) spent several minutes ooh-ing and ahh-ing over Jen Norton’s lush illustrations. As for Nagel’s included activities, I ate about half of the oatcake dough before it even went in the oven, and the girls had a great time playing the game on the book’s back cover. As a homeschooling mom, I found the information at the end of the book most helpful. Nagel provides a fascinating biographical sketch, a recipe for the aforementioned (really tasty) oat cakes, and suggestions for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as a family. Nagel also adapts for little ones several of the prayers attributed to St. Patrick, including the powerful Lorica.
God has given us a great gift in the lives of the saints. Their humanity makes their wisdom accessible; their example makes our salvation attainable. Even those of us who start as fidgety, adventure-loving kiddos have the potential for sainthood. Kudos to Steve Nagel and the publishers at Grace Watch Media for bringing that reminder home.
In regard to reaching younger audiences, my four year old son was emphatic he did not want to read a story about wolves, since he prefers dogs! However, as I read the story aloud, and expressed admiration for the pictures, I noticed he would surreptitiously peak over my shoulder, as he was drawn further into the story.
The artwork and illustrations were beautiful, and the story was engaging, even with a recalcitrant preschooler! Furthermore, the end of the book shares extended prayers, and has a recipe and some family-friendly activities to help bring the story of Paddy (or, an older St. Patrick) to life. This book is also one with messages extending past St. Patrick's Day, so is suitable for reading year round.
Great book, and I was honored to have been asked to write a review.