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Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God Coloring Book

Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God Coloring Book
$5.00

The beautiful story of Mother Theodore's Promise to God is now available in a coloring book! All original illustrations are included for you to add your own color style! 30 pages, softcover. Story by Mary K. Doyle. Illustrations by Phil Velikan.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781940852027

Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God

Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God
$16.99

Children are often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God, author Mary Doyle introduces children to the life of Ann-Therese Guerin who trusted that God would “help her along and show her the way.” Young readers can journey with St. Theodora through her childhood in Etables, her entrance into religious life, her call to go to Indiana to establish a mission, the treacherous journey by ship and other transportation, and the arrival in the remote Indiana wilderness. Mother Theodore’s character and determination built schools, orphanages, and care for the poor and sick as she founded the Sisters of Providence. Accurately researched in history and appealing to children, Mary Doyle weaves into the story of Mother Theodore the theme to trust God and know that God is always with us throughout our lives. This 2014 Catholic Press Association award book is illustrated in simple water colors often shown from a unique perspective. Explanations of Catholic rituals, maps, glossary, bibliography, and contact information for the Sisters of Providence and the author’s blog encourage further exploration of Mother Theodore’s life. Highly recommended for schools, churches, and families searching who are searching for a role model for living a life dedicated to trust in God.

By Patty Wallace


Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God chronicles the compelling life of St. Theodora filled with selfless service to others and a deep devotion to God. Doyle follows the lifelong spiritual journey of Saint Theodora, focusing on her seemingly simple yet profound belief that "If God asks you to do something he will help you along the way." Doyle successfully weaves this theme throughout her narrative as St. Theodora accepts many challenging tasks throughout her life, beginning with the task of caring for her ailing mother and younger sister for 10 years after her father dies, postponing her fervent wish to join a convent. Once able to join the convent of the Sisters of Providence in France, Saint Theodora devoted herself to the duties of teaching children, overseeing a large city school and studying with a doctor to learn how to care for the sick. These responsibilities prepared her to accept the daunting challenge of journeying to the frontier of the American wilderness in 1840 with five fellow sisters to start a new religious order,Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana. Under St. Theodora's leadership and guidance a dedicated community of nuns thrived, building schools in Indiana and Illinois, opening orphanages and caring for the sick.

The text is clear, direct, and well paced throughout the book as St. Theodora faces each new challenge. The watercolor and pencil cartoon like illustrations are gentle and bright. Included at the end is a very useful glossary of terms and a bibliography to direct readers to further information about the remarkable and faith-filled life of Saint Theodora.

By Sr. Mary Ryan S.P.


This book tells the story of how young Anne-Therese, born in 1798 in Etables, France, through her love of God and her joy in performing acts of goodness, grew up to become a nun and then later the Mother Superior who established an order of the Sisters of Providence in Indiana when it was still a frontier state.Told through simple yet interesting sentences and clear and colorful pen and watercolor cartoonlike illustrations, this picture book is a wonderful introduction to young children of what it means to live your life for God, doing God's work. It is a spiritual and also a historical and humorous tale as Sister Theodore, sad to leave her native country of France, travels bumpily yet devoutly by boat across the ocean then by stagecoach, train and flatbed to find a log cabin church in the woods and a school of only three children. By publishing this book, the present Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods have done a beautiful and important job honoring their predecessor, recently canonized a Saint by Pope Benedict. The book includes a Glossary and Pronunciation Guide and a Bibliography, as well as information about the present day Sisters of Providence.

By Martha Morgan


In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Mother Theodore a saint. Many books have been written for adults about the courageous journey of this young French nun to sainthood. but none for children. In this inspiring picture book biography, Mary K. Doyle tells her story so that children, ages 6-12 will know the childhood roots of her achievements, the obstacles she overcame and her legacy. Born in France in 1798, 10 year old Anne Therese Guerin promised to "d o whatever God asked of her" on the occassion of her First Holy Communion. True to this promise, she was a devoted daughter, nun, educator, and healer of the sick in France, and ultimately in the wilderness of Indiana and Illinois. Phil Velikan's colorful illustrations enhance the text by conveying the magnitude and emotional impact of her undertakings. This book belongs on library shelves and in religious Education classes. It would make a wonderful First Communion gift!

By Brenda Wettergreen

Some people know right from the start what they want to be when they grow up. It was that way for Saint Theodora. She was only ten years old when she promised God that she would do whatever God asked of her. She always believed that would be done best by becoming a religious sister. What she did not know was that her promise would take her to the American frontier where she and her fellow sisters founded a school for the higher learning of women and the Sisters of Providence religious community of Indiana, both of which continue to this day, as well as Catholic schools throughout Indiana and Illinois, an orphanage, and free pharmacies. Beautifully illustrated and fun to read, Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God, is an inspiring story of how one little girl followed God's call. Saint Theodora's legacy of faith changed the course of young pioneers in the wilderness of Indiana in the mid-1800s and continues to do so today.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780989739702
Publication Date: 
2013-10-27

Handmade Cloth Crayon Bag

Handmade Cloth Crayon Bag
Handmade Cloth Crayon Bag
$4.00

Handmade cloth bag with tie. Keep little things secure. Great bag for kids crayons! 6.75Lx5W

ISBN/SKU: 
SP420

The Adventures of Bobby Raccoon

The Adventures of Bobby Raccoon
$2.50

The gentle, old-fashioned animal stories of Thornton W. Burgess, told with great warmth and charm, draw young readers into the timeless world of the creatures who live in the Green Forest and around the Smiling Pool.
In this engaging episode, Bobby Raccoon suffers a series of mishaps. Following a bad dream, he bites his own tail, is given a dreadful fright, survives an encounter with Buster Bear, gets a terrible shaking and more, but, happily, is rescued by Peter Rabbit and eventually finds a new home.
Reset in easy-to-read type and enhanced with six new illustrations adapted from originals by Harrison Cady, "The Adventures of Bobby Raccoon" will delight today's young readers while offering gentle lessons about nature and wildlife.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780486286174
Publication Date: 
1995-06-01
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The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver

The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver
$2.50
As this delightful story opens, something strange is going on! The waters of the Laughing Brook and Smiling Pool have become a mere trickle, causing alarm among the creatures of the Green Forest.
It seems Jerry Muskrat's cousin, Paddy the Beaver, has come south to make himself a new home. That means he had to stop the waters that flowed in the Laughing Brook and Smiling Pool to make a fine new pond for himself and acomfortable home of sticks and mud. But what will happen to the waterways in the Green Forest?Young readers will find out in this charming tale of woodland adventure, as the gentle, good-natured beaver wins over scolding Sammy Jay and the two work together to outsmart Old Man Coyote.This timeless story, with original illustrations by Harrison Cady, not only entertains young readers and listeners, it also imparts valuable lessons about friendship, trust, and respect for the environment.
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ISBN/SKU: 
9780486413051
Publication Date: 
2000-10-01
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Fun Prayer Activities for Summer

Fun Prayer Activities for Summer
$2.95
This newest in our series of activity booklets can help parishes and schools extend faith formation over the summer, and help parents feel good about giving their children activities to feed their faith. Puzzles, games, and activities for ages 6-11 teach about general prayers of praise, thanksgiving, and sorrow for sins, plus specific devotions like pilgrimages and novenas. This engaging booklet shows that prayer isnt just for school or churchits for any season and any time, day or night.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781627850742
Publication Date: 
2015-04-01
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FairTrade BalsaWoodCrayon

FairTrade BalsaWoodCrayon
$2.99

Colorfully painted animals are carved on the ends of these big balsa wood crayons.

Artisan: Rocio Romero & Cesar Pilco
Country: Ecuador

ISBN/SKU: 
47802

Blacky The Crow

Blacky The Crow
$3.00
Children will love this wonderful tale of Blacky the Crow, who has very sharp eyes, and who is often getting into trouble because he sees things he shouldn't. One day Blacky notices two fresh eggs in a nest belonging to Hooty the Owl and Mrs. Hooty. The eggs are a prize too delicious to pass up and Blacky devises a plan to snatch them. But does he succeed? Young readers will enjoy finding out in this charming tale by master storyteller Thornton W. Burgess.
Reset in large, easy-to-read type, this book is filled with gentle humor and important lessons about nature and wildlife, and is further enhanced by four original Harrison Cady illustrations. "Blacky the Crow" is sure to captivate youngsters discovering the joy of reading and the pleasures of storytelling at its finest.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780486405506
Publication Date: 
1998-11-30
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Mother West Wind's Animal Friends

Mother West Wind's Animal Friends
$3.00
Old Mother West Wind has a lot of friends in the Green Forest, among them Reddy Fox, Happy Jack Squirrel, old Mr. Toad, Billy Mink, Little Joe Otter, and Jerry Muskrat. And of course, she and the Merry Little Breezes (all members of her family) are always ready to help if trouble comes their way. And one day it does!
A mysterious stranger comes to live in their neighborhood, making the regular inhabitants extremely curious and more than a bit nervous. Who is this creature and how does he manage to protect himself from even the fiercest of the animals including Bowser the Hound?
Noted for his good-natured humor and gentle lessons about wildlife, master storyteller Thornton Burgess invites youngsters once again into the timeless world of the Smiling Pool and Green Meadows."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780486430300
Publication Date: 
2003-09-01
Author: 
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Mother West Wind's Neighbors

Mother West Wind's Neighbors
$3.00

Growing up during the late 19th century in Sandwich, Massachusetts, Thornton W. Burgess often wandered through the countryside, where he learned to recognize and appreciate the birds and animal life of the area. Later on, as an adult, he told stories to his young son about these same creatures. His first book, "Old Mother West Wind," published in 1910, contained a collection of these stories. Three years later it was followed by "Mother West Wind's Neighbors" 15 delightful fables from the world of the Green Forest and Green Meadows.
In this classic of children's literature, readers find out why Johnny Chuck doesn't like Blacky the Crow and why Ol' Mistah Buzzard has a bald head. They'll learn what is in Mrs. Possum's big pocket and how Hooty the Owl gets even. They'll even find out who stole Mrs. Grouse's eggs, discover why Sammy Jay cries "Thief," and uncover other secrets of Mother West Wind's neighbors.
Brimming with gentle humor and real lessons about nature, these enchanting tales will captivate today's youngsters as much as they charmed audiences generations ago."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780486428468
Publication Date: 
2003-05-01
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Mrs. Peter Rabbit

Mrs. Peter Rabbit
$3.00
Something is definitely wrong with Peter Rabbit . . . he has no appetite! Deciding he is terribly lonely, Peter sets off to visit some friends in the Old Pasture but instead finds himself narrowly escaping the clutches of Hooty Owl, experiencing a nasty encounter with Jed Thumper (a big gray rabbit) and eventually staring right into the soft, gentle eyes of Miss Fuzzytail. Before you know it, Peter has a new bride!
Children will love sharing the adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rabbit as they start a new and often precarious life together in the Dear Old Briar-Patch. As they enjoy the story, youngsters absorb gentle lessons about nature, wildlife, and simple human virtues. Eight charming new illustrations, based on the originals by Harrison Cady, enhance this delightful tale, newly reprinted in large, easy-to-read type.
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ISBN/SKU: 
9780486293769
Publication Date: 
1996-11-30
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Old Mother West Wind

Old Mother West Wind
$3.00
These stories were first collected in " Old Mother West Wind." The volume was the first of over seventy books for Mr. Burgess. His characters--Peter Rabbit, Reddy Fox, Sammy Jay, Happy Jack Squirrel, Johnny Chuck, Jimmy Skunk, and more--are well known to Burgess fans around the world. The Golden Anniversary Edition of "Old Mother West Wind" is now being issued in paperback, bringing these well-loved tales to a whole new generation of children.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780486288499
Publication Date: 
1995-11-30
Author: 
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The Adventures of Buster Bear

The Adventures of Buster Bear
$3.00

When Buster Bear comes to live in the Green Forest, the amiable bully stirs up quite a commotion, for bears haven't lived in the forest for years. And sure enough, before long Buster has a series of run-ins with Little Joe Otter, Chatterer the Red Squirrel, Farmer Brown's Boy, and even a stubborn metal pail!
These and other entertaining escapades are delightfully recounted in this engaging tale. Set in a timeless world of bubbling brooks, blue skies, and green groves, the story also teaches valuable lessons on the dangers of greed, pride, and insensitivity. The text, printed in large, easy-to-read type, is enhanced by six charming illustrations, based on the originals by Harrison Cady.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780486275642
Publication Date: 
1993-02-28
Author: 
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The Adventures of Happy Jack

The Adventures of Happy Jack
$3.00
Happy Jack Squirrel fills his days with fun and foolishness even while jealously guarding his winter supply of hickory nuts from his mischief-making cousin, Chatterer the Red Squirrel, and playful Striped Chipmunk.
But the bouncing, bushy-tailed creature's days of comfort and security are threatened when he wakes one morning to find his worst dream come true: Shadow the Weasel is close by, and Happy Jack finds himself running for his life, trying every trick he knows to get away from his enemy.
With gentle charm and good-natured humor, master storyteller Thornton Burgess once again draws youngsters into the timeless world of the Green Forest and the Green Meadows where young readers learn about nature and are encouraged to love the "lesser folk in fur and feathers.""
ISBN/SKU: 
9780486433219
Publication Date: 
2004-06-01
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The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat

The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat
$3.00

Even in the peaceful, sun-splashed world of the Green Forest, the Laughing Brook, and the Smiling Pool, trouble sometimes makes an appearance and disturbs the lives of the animals living there. And so it is in this charming story about Jerry Muskrat and his friends Little Joe Otter, Spotty the Turtle, Grandfather Frog, and Billy Mink. First, Farmer Brown's boy has set nasty traps all around the Smiling Pool and that spells trouble for Jerry and the other creatures who live in and around the Pool. Wise old Grandfather Frog must think long and hard to come up with a solution for that problem. Then, suddenly, the water in the Laughing Brook stops flowing and before long, the Smiling Pool drops to alarming levels. Something must be done, but what? Children will love finding out as they read or listen to this classic Thornton W. Burgess fable, which combines the fun of a good story with important lessons about kindness, stick-to-itiveness, cooperation, and other virtues. Six full-page illustrations, based on originals by Harrison Cady, enhance the text, newly reset in large, easy-to-read type.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780486278179
Publication Date: 
1993-10-31
Author: 
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The Adventures of Johnny Chuck

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck
$3.00

Spring has arrived at the Green Meadow and Johnny Chuck is strangely discontent. On a whim, he offers Jimmy Skunk his house and then wanders off. Along the way, he gets into a fight with a strange woodchuck and, after a bruising battle, chases the intruder off. At that point, Johnny is feeling rather unconquerable that is, until Polly Chuck uses her feminine charms to capture his heart. Before long, the two are happily keeping house in a burrow in the old orchard.
Thornton W. Burgess, the author of many delightful classics for children, draws young readers into a timeless world of woodland creatures, teaching children important lessons about nature by basing the animals' actions and adventures on actual wildlife behavior. Six charming illustrations by Thea Kliros, based on Harrison Cady originals, enhance a story sure to delight young animal and nature lovers.

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ISBN/SKU: 
9780486283531
Publication Date: 
1994-12-31
Author: 
Publisher: 

The Adventures of Old Man Coyote

The Adventures of Old Man Coyote
$3.00
Children will love finding out as Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Prickly Porky, Granny Fox, Reddy Fox and other dwellers in the Green Forest react to a new - and scary - neighbor. All ends happily, of course, in this timeless fable by noted storyteller Thornton W. Burgess.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780486296463
Publication Date: 
1997-06-01
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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad

The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad
$3.00

Old Mr. Toad was acting strangely, and his behavior puzzled all the creatures of the Green Meadow. You see, he was in a hurry, and Old Mr. Toad NEVER hurried unless he was in danger. Where on earth could he be off to? To find out, Jimmy Skunk, Peter Cottontail, Unc' Billy Possum, and some other animals of the Green Forest secretly follow the old gentleman through the fields and woods as he makes his way to a very important engagement.
Young readers will enjoy discovering Old Mr. Toad's destination in this delightful tale by master storyteller, Thornton W. Burgess. Set in the timeless fictional locale of the Green Forest and the Smiling Pool, this book transports today's youngsters to the same world of gentle breezes and lovable creatures that has delighted generations of children before then. There, they'll enjoy the warmth and whimsy of this tale while learning important lessons about nature, the environment, and the "lesser folk of fur and feathers."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780486403854
Publication Date: 
1998-06-01
Author: 
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The Adventures of Peter Cottontail

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail
$3.00
One of the most beloved characters in children's literature, Peter Cottontail is up to his long-whiskered nose in rib-tickling escapades in this delightful classic. With gentle charm and humor, famed storyteller Thornton W. Burgess draws young readers into the timeless world of the Green Forest, the Smiling Pool and the Purple Mountains.
Warmth and whimsy are the order of the day as Peter discovers the folly of changing his name, outwits the ever-hungry Reddy Fox, manages a number of hare's-breadth escapes and finally makes an ill-advised decision to hibernate-as Johnny Chuck and other woodland creatures do. The silliness of trying to do what nature never intended is one of the gentle morals of these adventures that combine the fun of a good story with little lessons about wildlife, the environment and being true to one's self.
Newly reset in large easy-to-read type, this unabridged childhood classic will delight young readers today just as it did their parents and grandparents.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780486269290
Publication Date: 
1991-11-30
Author: 
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The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum

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$3.00
When Unc' Billy Possum learns how easy it is to get into trouble, it takes some doin' to get himself out of his predicament. First of all, he didn't go home when he should have. The next thing he knew, he was a prisoner! But with the help of his friends, especially Happy Jack Squirrel, Unc' manages to find a way out of his difficult situation.
Master storyteller Thornton Burgess beguiles young readers and nature lovers with another tale about the delightful creatures of the Green Forest and the Green Meadows.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780486430317
Publication Date: 
2003-10-31
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Little Mouse's Big Secret

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$6.95
Shh...! Little Mouse has a secret!
He's found a delicious-looking apple and doesn't want to share a bite. So he buries it, and Little Mouse refuses to reveal what he's hidden. But when a tree sprouts from the seeds of the fruit, there are enough apples for everyone -- and Little Mouse realizes some secrets are even better when they're shared.
Award-winning illustrator Eric Battut has created a charming story that will delight--and teach--children.
New in board.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781454921547
Publication Date: 
2017-04-04
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The Story of Christmas

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$6.99
The story of the Nativity is told in a concise 200 words, simple enough for a toddler to understand. This book is an excellent introduction to the significance of the Christmas holiday. Vibrant illustrations are paired with classic text to bridge the connection between the biblical story of Jesus' birth and today's Christmas celebration. Ages 2-5. Board book; 22 pages; 6 3/8" x 6 1/2."
ISBN/SKU: 
095177568088
Publication Date: 
2015-07-15
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The Story of Saint Patrick

The Story of Saint Patrick
$6.99

Ages 2 to 5 years. In about 200 words, this little book presents the story of Saint Patrick's Day in a way that is simple enough for a toddler to understand. Vibrant illustrations are paired with the text and help create the connection between the story of the life of Saint Patrick and the way the holiday is celebrated today. Parents can use this book to introduce little ones to the meaning behind Saint Patrick's Day.

ISBN/SKU: 
095177563854

You Are My I Love You

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$6.99
Since its original hardcover release in 2001, "You Are My I Love You" has sold nearly half a million copies worldwide, truly speaking to the unique relationship that exists between parent and child. Now we revisit this modern classic in sturdy board book format, allowing parents to share this special reading experience with young children like never before. Full of smiles and giggles, messes and meals, this day in the life of a parent and child is truly special. Told in simple rhyming verse and colorful, playful illustrations, "You Are My I Love You" is a tribute to this important bond.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780399243950
Publication Date: 
2010-09-01
Publisher: 

The Little Angels Christmas Story

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$8.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9781612618524
Publication Date: 
2016-09-01
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