Molly McBride, the precocious five-year-old who aspires to be a Purple Nun just like her friends the Children of Mary Sisters, is back . . . and she has a whole new wardrobe worry: the plaid jumper she’s supposed to wear when she starts kindergarten!
“The idea for the book was inspired by a portrait I painted of one of my daughters dressed up in her purple habit!” says author-illustrator Jean Schoonover-Egolf. “Molly is an amalgamation of both my quirky fillies, and their relationship with the real Children of Mary sisters here in Central Ohio is very similar to Molly McBride’s.”
In the first Molly McBride book, Molly stubbornly refused to part with the purple nun’s habit her mother made for her—not even for her sister’s First Communion.
In the second book, Molly faces all the typical anxieties of starting school: making new friends; being away from her beloved wolf-pet, Francis, for the first time; and wearing that plaid jumper. But she overcomes those hurdles with the help of a new friend (a precious five-year old boy named Dominic who doesn’t want to give up his priest clothes!) and Father Matt, the pastor at her new school.
The moral of the story? Uniforms are important markers of our identity, but they’re not as important as our relationship with Jesus. (Watch for Jesus introducing his stuffed-animal lamb to Molly’s stuffed-animal wolf-pet in the new book!)
In addition to any lessons kids might take away from the book, Schoonover-Egolf hopes the series promotes greater awareness of vocations.
“I grew up in a large-ish Catholic family where I was so blessed to have religious, both priests and sisters, as common in my surroundings as laypeople,” she says. “These days, kids can go thirteen years of Catholic school and never see a nun. I think that’s a shame. Our kids (well, most of them) are familiar with only one of the two vocations they can be called to in life, that is, they get a pretty good idea of what being a mom or a dad is all about. So, who’s going to tell them about the other vocation? One day it just hit me. I am!”
Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper is available in softcover and hardcover for bulk order at wholesale prices direct from Gracewatch Media, or Ingram Content Group. You can preview the entire book at its catalog page on Gracewatch Media: Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper.
Don’t forget these other great titles for spring
Gracewatch Media is also promoting two new titles this spring. MISSION:CHRISTIAN Easter 2017 covers Triduum and the entire Easter season. The popular journal gives kids a way to connect their faith to their life every day with daily missions, Scripture readings, saint stories, and more. The journal is only available directly from Gracewatch Media.
Paddy and the Wolves: A Story of St. Patrick as a Young Boy by author Stephan Nagel and award-winning Catholic folk artist Jen Norton tells the story of the young Patrick’s adventures exploring the woods around his home. Whether he’s encountering delights or dangers, “Paddy” turns to the Lord in prayers of praise and supplication.
The book weaves elements of the adult saint’s story into a narrative for young children. It comes with a recipe, activity suggestions, and a brief biographical Q and A for adult readers. A printable board game is available for download as well; it’s free now through March 2017.
Paddy and the Wolves is available to order from Ingram Content Group or Gracewatch Media at standard wholesale discount rates.
What we’re working on
Ready for a few teasers? Here are some of the books we’re working on:
- In the Realm of Mist and Mercy (Susan Howard, March 2017), a young adult fantasy novel in the spirit of The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss (Heidi Indahl, May 2017). As the title suggests, this will be a full-color book of reflections to accompany the rosary.
- Praying with Sacred Art (fall 2017) by Professor Eileen Daily, an expert in the area of encountering and “reading” sacred art in prayer. The Praying with Sacred Art series will include a journal component and be geared toward a general audience.
- Lectio Divina, a MISSION:CHRISTIAN journal (May 2017); the title will introduce kids to the ancient practice of lectio divina.
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