God is love, and each part of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—work in perfect unity to carry out the Lord’s plan for His precious children. In her signature lyrical style, author and spoken word artist Quina Aragon explains to kids who the Holy Spirit is (God’s superhero helper) and how he works inside of our hearts to allow us to love like our Heavenly Father does.
Author-illustrator Tomie dePaola recounts the life of Saint Patrick—from his noble birth in Britain, to his captivity in Ireland, to the visions which led him to return and found the first Christian church in Ireland.
Tompert concentrates on facts rather than legend for her text in this appealing look at the life of Ireland’s patron saint. In the author’s note, she says that she has relied on Patrick’s letter of confession and interpretations of it for her biography. Without the tale of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland and the legend of the shamrock (although these do appear in the note), Tompert must turn to Patrick’s real life for drama, and she finds plenty there. Kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery, Patrick came to his calling to convert Ireland through visions. Garland’s artwork–a full painting facing every gilt-edged page of text–does a good job with detail and texture; there is also a folk-art feel to the pictures that makes the book accessible to children. A nice addition to both religion and biography shelves.