- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (August 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0819890979
- ISBN-13: 978-0819890979
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
After growing up in New Jersey, Pamela Love attended Bucknell University. She worked as a teacher and in marketing before turning to writing. She's the author of numerous picture books and has written many stories and poems for children's magazines. Pamela is the author of Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about Saint Brigid of Ireland and a contributor to Family Matters: Thirteen Short Stories, both published by Pauline Books & Media. She lives with her husband and son in Maryland.
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Thus begins a book that I may give back to my children...or I may not. It's a delightful tale...and it's true. (And that, my friends, is one of the many reasons we can all revel in our Catholicism: The stories are true!)
Turns out the builder the bishop hired failed to allow room for a staircase to the choir loft. Though the Sisters of Loretto had to be tough, living as they did in the frontier, but even they weren't going to scale a ladder to get to the choir loft. (For one thing, it wouldn't have been safe. For another...can you imagine?)
How their predicament is solved is the treasure of the book. The illustrations are whimsical without being too cutesy, and I can't help but just love that there's a children's version of a novena (and a short explanation) in the back of the book, tying into the story.
This is a book you'll treasure and want to reread. It's also a great story, and if you're ever in Santa Fe, go see it for yourself. (Truly, it's an amazing site!)
A new church is built for the nuns next to a small school. But the architect and builders made a big mistake. They forgot the stair case to the choir loft for the nuns. The builder said it could not be fixed. Other builders said it could only be done by removing pews or altering the outside wall. The first solution was not acceptable because the pews were needed for students, and the other was not because of the cost involved. So the nuns prayed a novena to Saint Joseph, on the final day a man showed up with tools, a donkey and a promise that he could add stairs but he had to work while no one watched him.
It is wonderful to see this true story retold in a picture book for children. And to see how much the children loved the book. The chapters in the book are:
The Staircase Today
About Saint Joseph
What is a Novena?
Novena to Saint Joseph
My kids were fascinated that the story is true. The loved the photos of the real staircase at the end of the book. My youngest asked a lot of questions about Novena's after we read this book and asked if we could pray a novena for her brother who is having spine surgery later this year. So, we are now praying the novena at the end of the book.
The illustrations in this book are wonderful. In fact, my daughter wants a copy of one of the pictures of the carpenter to have on her wall in her prayer corner. The pallet used fits perfectly with the Spanish mission's story. John Joseph has done an amazing job with the illustrations and the accentuate the written story wonderfully.
This is an excellent book for young readers, and those who read and pray with them!
Included at the end of the book are pages about the real Loretto Chapel staircase in Santa Fe, info about St. Joseph, an explanation of a novena, and a novena to St. Joseph.
A perfect book for St. Joseph day or an introduction to novenas and answered prayer, I love how the author and illustrator worked together to tell this inspiring tradition that shows devotion to St. Joseph the Worker.
***Pauline Books & Media provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Illustrated, but not overly simple, this books is a short easy read for children about 8 years and up. My 10-year-old daughter loved it!