New Additions to Our Book Baskets + Giveaway

by | Apr 18, 2018 | Bible, Books, Giveaway, Picture Books, Saint Books, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

As we continue celebrating the Easter season, I have some really great giveaways to host, both here on the blog and over on Instagram, starting with this one sponsored by St. Augustine Academy Press.

I get excited about each and every book that St. Augustine Academy Press republishes and am very happy to be able to share the latest three releases with you all. I don’t have them in my hands yet, but they will be coming soon and the the publisher has generously offered to send a set of the three new books to one of you too!

Updated with a couple of my own photos now that our copies arrived. The books are even lovelier in person than I had expected!


Here’s a peek at the new covers and the original pages: 

The Rhymed Life of St. Patrick

“…in lively recitative ballad verse, Katharine Tynan tells the entire story of St. Patrick, without missing a single incident of any significance or importance. The book consists of thirty-two large folio pages, where ‘a rivulet’ of large, opulent type ‘meanders through a meadow of margin,’ set off by artistic illustrations. If Blessed Patrick and sweet St. Bride only respond to the prayer of the Envoy, and ‘Bless this book and scatter it wide,’ old and young may easily acquire and retain a comprehensive, if not complete, knowledge of all that is to be known of Ireland’s patron saint.”

–from a review in The Catholic World, December 1907

I’ve never seen this book before and can’t wait to read it with our children! 

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A Child’s Rule of Life
“It is not every one that can keep his childhood. Father Benson has, and speaks to children bout the great, big eternal things in a child’s way. The little ones will be delighted to learn these verses by heart, and thus almost unconsciously gain a deep knowledge of Christian doctrine, and a love and habit of Catholic practice.

The Rule takes the little child from the moment it awakes…through his morning prayers; going to church; hearing Mass; saying grace; reciting lessons; practicing obedience; confessing his sins; receiving Holy Communion; evening prayers, and bed. Round them all Father Benson has put the fragrance of verse that will make them sweet and delightful to the child mind.”

–from a review in The Catholic World, May 1913

We have an out of print copy of the Neumann Press edition and I’m so happy to see this back in print again! 

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Old Testament Rhymes

“A book intended to give to children a general idea of the course of Old Testament history from the Fall to the Redemption, especially of those incidents and personages that point to Christ. The rhymes are designedly simple and colloquial, as the book is meant for smaller children only, and the narrative may be thought very sketchy; but it is hoped that the book will form a kind of “thread,” easily discernible, on which the child may learn to connect his more explicit and detailed lessons.”

(taken from an advertisement for the book by its original publisher in 1913, Longmans, Green & Co.)

We have an out of print copy of the Neumann Press edition and I’m so happy to see this back in print again! 

.: Giveaway :. 
The publisher has generously offered to send a set of all three books – The Rhymed Life of St. Patrick, A Child’s Rule of Life and Old Testament Rhymes – to one of my visitors!
(Giveaway closes on April 24th. Winner will be announced in this post on April 25, 2018)

Click here to visit St. Augustine Academy Press 

I’m also giving away a set over on Instagram so make sure and enter over there too! 

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