Based on first-hand information. Here is the first English biography for middle graders on Maximilian Kolbe, the Polish Franciscan who, at Auschwitz, offered himself in exchange for the life of a man with two children. The biography covers Kolbe's early life, his work as a journalist, and his founding of Niepokalanow, the world's largest friary. Kolbe's act of love and faith teaches young readers important lessons that Christianity means more than just going to church, that the Holocaust actually happened, and that saints can be as real and modern as the person standing next to you in line. For first-hand research, the author traveled to Poland to visit where Kolbe lived and to interview people who actually knew him, including his cousin, his secretary, and one of his students. In addition, the foreword is by Ted Wojtkowski, a fellow camp prisoner and now a well-known Polish American who was standing close to Kolbe when he made his offer of self-sacrifice. Kolbe!'s story is ideal for children of Polish descent, parochial schools, parish libraries, classes in cultural diversity, and classes on World War II or the Holocaust. And, while written simply enough for children, this book will move all readers showing just how much the human spirit can achieve.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 6/1/1997Pages: 128Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
The gripping story of a boy, a dog and a hurricaneSaint is a boy with confidence as big as his name is long. A budding musician, he earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists. His best friend is a stray dog named Shadow, and it's because of Shadow that Saint's still in town when Hurricane Katrina hits. Saint's not worried about the hurricane at first--he plans to live to be a hundred just to defy his palm-reader friend Jupi, who told him he had a short life line. But now the city has been ordered to evacuate and Saint won't leave without Shadow. His search brings him to his elderly neighbor's home and the three of them flee to her attic when the waters rise. But when Miz Moran's medication runs out, it's up to Saint to save her life--and his beloved Shadow's.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 9/1/2011Pages: 144Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
A colorful biography of the patron saint of Ireland traces Patrick's noble birth in Britain, his capture by Irish bandits, his visions, and his subsequent efforts to convert the Irish. By the author of Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi. Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 4/1/1992Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 5 and Up
Saint Joseph Beginner's Bible ST. JOSEPH BEGINNER'S BIBLE by REV. LAWRENCE G. LOVASIK, S.V.D. Over forty Bible stories for children. Each story is told in simple, clear language and captured in a captivating full-color illustration. All children will love to read this pocket-size hardcovered book.
In this Vision book, Helen Walker Homan, who writes in the tradition of Louisa Mae Alcott, has created another classic of delightful family life among five sisters, one of whom became a saint.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 9/1/1997Pages: 149Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
This special new paperback edition of St. George and the Dragon commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Caldecott Award-winning picture book. Hodges retells an exciting segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which the Red Cross Knight slays a dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years, bringing peace and joy back to the land. Featuring a fresh new cover design - with artwork that highlights the dragon adventure within - and distinctive embossed gold Caldecott Award sticker, this is the perfect way to introduce the classic tale to a whole new generation of readers.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 9/4/1990Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
The story begins with the traditional symbols of the daythat are often found in schoolrooms, such as shamrocks, harps, andleprechauns. Then the narrative moves to a short biography of SaintPatrick himself: as a shepherd, as a missionary, and as ateacher. This colorfull boardbook ties together the live of Patrickwith the traditional images of Ireland.Book Details:Format: Board BookPublication Date: 1/1/2002Pages: 26Reading Level: Age 2 and Up
Many people can identify the name of St. Peter Claver from school, church or missals, but they are unfamiliar with this courageous and just man. This beautifully illustrated, bilingual book will introduce young children (and their parents) to his life and times.Peter Claver was a Spanish Jesuit missionary who came to the New World in 1610. When he arrived in Cartagena he was shocked by the slave trade and dedicated himself for forty years to gaining freedom for the slaves while he cared for them, bringing them food and medicine and tending the sick. He caught the plague and died in 1654. Because of his tireless work, he is the patron saint of slaves, African-Americans and race relations.Children will love this colorful story of St. Peter Claver. It is particularly noteworthy for its:--appeal to African-Americans--appeal to Hispanic people --its bilingual formatBook Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 3/1/2002Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Margarito acts like any other eleven-year-old aficionado of lucha libre. He worships all the players. But in the summer just before sixth grade, he tumbles over the railing at a match in San Antonio and makes a connection to the world of Mexican wrestling that will ultimately connect himmaybe by blood!to the greatest hero of all time: the Guardian Angel.A 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award winner!Xavier Garza was born in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. An enthusiastic author, artist, teacher, and storyteller, his work is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of south Texas.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 10/18/2011Pages: 160Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Fact and legend combine to tell the powerful tale of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, scholars, and sailors. As his story unfolds, the similarities between Nicholas, who was famous for his acts of charity, and the present-day Santa Claus become clear.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 7/8/2005Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel. Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven. Desparate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble. Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung. Readers, raveous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 12/28/2010Pages: 416Reading Level: Age 12 and Up
How did Valentine's Day, one of our most popular holidays, begin? It started in ancient Rome when a kind physician named Valentine took an interest in a young blind girl. With his healing skill and his deep faith he restored her sight. What we now call Valentine's Day began when he sent the little girl a secret message, which she received after the Christian martyr was executed. For this tale rich in sentiment, master illustrator Robert Sabuda has created exquisite paper mosaics to suggest early Christian art that resonates with both subtlety and power.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 1/1/1999Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved and inspirational figures in the history of Christianity. The stunning illustrations of award-winning author, Demi, bring to life the story of this son of a rich merchant, who abandoned all his worldly goods in order to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Inspired by the remarkable example of his holiness, Saint Francis is venerated by millions of Christians around the world, no matter their denomination.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/1/2012Pages: 56Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
Prisoner, slave and saint! Even though a lot of people celebrate the day of the 'wearing of the green!,' few know the actual story of this remarkable and exciting man. Ages 5-8.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 3/1/1995Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
The legend of Saint Christopher, first written in the thirteenth century, tells the story of a strong man named Offero, who wants to find the greatest ruler in all the world and to serve him as his bearer. Offero's search is in vain until a mysterious child at a riverside asks Offero to carry him over the river. Only after Offero has carried the child over the river does he discover the child's true identity. Then Offero's name is changed to Christopher. / Author Margaret Hodges retells with power and simplicity this unforgettable tale of the man who became known as the patron saint of travelers. And illustrator Richard Jesse Watson has created hypnopompic paintings that dramatically capture Offero's journey and the brilliance of his discovery of the One he sought. / Based on old nursery rhymes, the poetic text by Newbery Honor winner Kathi Appelt and the beautiful light-filled paintings of Debra Reid Jenkins combine to make this gentle bedtime story a perfect illustration of God's abiding love.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 9/23/2009Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
From the moment Nate young Nate Saint (1923-1956) took his first flight in an airplane, flying captured his heart. When he grew up, Nate flew his own plane over the jungles of Ecuador, helping missionaries reach isolated peoples with God's great love. Although Nate and his friends lost their lives trying to befriend the feared Acua Indians, God made Nate's dream for the Aucas come true.Children, parents, and teachers love the adventurous Christian Heroes Then & Now biographies and unit study curriculum guides. Now Heroes for Young Readers introduces younger children to the lives of Christian heroes! Whether reading for themselves or being read to, children love the captivating rhyming poems and unforgettable color illustrations of the Heroes for Young Readers series.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/1/2001Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Recounts St. Francis of Assisi's reenactment of the manger scene of the birth of Jesus, and how that led to the use of small nativity scenes in people's homes at Christmas.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/1/1998Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
From the famous and popular series of stories for children from Vision books, the inspiring story about St. Isaac Jogues, S.J., a Jesuit missionary who worked fearlessly among the fierce Huron and Iroquois Indian tribes of North America in the 1600s.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 4/1/1991Pages: 170Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
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