Thanks Virginia, for allowing me to guest post today in what is a delightful twist on the fabled literary pair: the tortoise and the hare.
As CatherineCGilmore@myeasterbunny on Twitter, I’m the “Easter Bunny who spreads the sweet love and JOY of the risen Jesus.” This persona grew out of my collaboration with my sister in creating the storybook, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day, in which a frightened little bunny discovers that the JOY of Easter is Jesus!
So in charming irony, this bunny is here to celebrate my friend, Virginia Lieto’s book that sports an adorable turtle as the icon of the virtue that was most elusive to Aesop’s rabbit… PATIENCE.
In my work as a children’s author, God continues to inspire me with the amazing power of parables. Jesus, the master storyteller, vividly imprints His message of Faith, Hope and Charity on our hearts through His parables. I’m delighted to see my friend, Virginia Lieto, following in the Master’s footsteps in charming style in her new picture book: The Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity: Finding Patience.
Her story portrays a family in the midst of a move; with the challenges of a new home, new neighbors, and new schools. The refreshing surprise is the way her characters cope. Difficulties are handled with prayer. Children are pictured generously praying for each other, demonstrating trust in Divine providence. Guided by wise, loving parents, the siblings don’t just ask God to fix their problems, they pray for God to bless them with the virtue, in this case… patience; their need for strength in the midst of trial.
Virginia’s way of personifying virtues, in the characters of the young children, in her story, makes otherwise abstract concepts literally come to life. Eight-year-old Faith, five-year-old Hope and three- year-old Charity are approachable examples of what is most essential for a child’s development: virtue. Whatever age we are, no matter what we ultimately learn, own or achieve, a life without virtue is ultimately self-destructive. Thank you, Virginia, for launching us on this journey with the Livingstone family. We anticipate your engaging portrayals of the value of virtuous living in many stories to come.
So, hop to it Virginia! It’s not without some difficulty that, this bunny is exercising the VIRTUE of patience awaiting your next FHC Adventure!
In the meantime, everyone else should enter the giveaway to win a copy of this charming book. And then check out Connie Rossini’s review of this book tomorrow at Contemplative Homeschool.
Cathy Gilmore, author of Little Lamb Finds Christmas and co-author of Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day is a native of St. Louis, MO and a married mother of three. As an Author, Catechist, and Speaker, Cathy offers spiritual wit and wisdom in presentations for adults and children. Enjoy more of Cathy Gilmore’s faith filled, and often furry inspiration at www.catherinecgilmore.com.