Monday, August 29, 2011

Olivia and the Little Way by Nancy Belanger

I cannot recommend this book enough!

I just read it aloud to my daughters ages 9 and 6 and they begged me to read more each night!

Summary from Ignatius Press:Fifth grader Olivia Thomas has moved to a new school in a new state, and is eager to make friends! Her best friend quickly becomes someone she has never seen - St. Therese of Lisieux.
Follow Olivia's trials as she tries to fit in at St. Michael's School. With the help of her grandmother, she learns about the “Little Way” of serving God and how it can change everything!
This touching and heartfelt story celebrates the life of St. Therese and will inspire children to follow her example and discover how to live the “Little Way” for their own lives, and the blessings and even miracles that come from it.
Nancy Belanger has created a contemporary example of how to live like a saint – something children greatly need in today’s culture. It will inspire and encourage young readers toward a more wholesome childhood marked by a generous and vibrant faith.

What I loved most about this book is that it gave real life situations a fifth grader would face. But moreover, it gave solutions to peer pressure and teasing and trying to fit in, that we can all learn from. Belanger masterfully weaves the life story of St. Therese along with her "little way" of loving Jesus and growing in holiness into the story of modern day fifth graders.

My girls had so many questions about St. Therese that we started reading her autobiography Story of a Soul.  I would never have thought to read this to them, even though I have read it before. But as I read the pages of Story of a Soul, written by St Therese who is a Doctor of the Church, it was so interesting to them they we are now slowly reading through a page or 2 a night.

So Thank you Nancy! Keep up the great work. We can't wait to read your next book, Olivia's Gift.
And thank you St. Therese, you are one of our new favorite Saints!
Ora Pro Nobis!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Julie! I love hearing that your girls read St. Therese's autobiography with you. Wonderful, wonderful! She is the perfect role model for young girls...and boys too! :-)