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This is a book overview rather than a review as I am the illustrator! But if I may say, it is a book worth sharing- even for the text alone. The Catholic Treasury of Prayers and Verses, compiled by Emmaus Road Publishing, is quite the comprehensive collection of the classic Catholic prayers, those you'd expect along with some treasures that may be new to you and your children. Some of my new favorites include St. Francis of Assisi's Prayer Before the Tabernacle, St. Thérèse's Prayer to the Child Jesus, and the Prayer of St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross. There is plenty of scripture inside, too, including The Beatitudes, The Magnificat, and numerous quotes from the Letters of St. Paul. This link has a list of the contents and all of the prayers.
Now to the illustration- this was a most enjoyable commission! I went with a style that was influenced by medieval illumination, though my layout and color scheme was a bit more modern (with a touch of Art Nouveau style). Some of the pages have large spot-illustrations (like the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts shown above), and a few have full-page illustrations. The majority have beautiful borders made up of watercolor washes, floral patterns, and geometric designs. I was told that I could leave a few pages undecorated, but... I just couldn't! So every prayer has a little something, at least.
The best feedback I received on this book was from a dear friend of mine. She loved the size, style and wealth of prayers in this treasury, but told me that her favorite thing about it was that it was the perfect gift for Baptism and First Communion presents! She always had a hard time with those. If you need such a gift, or are looking for a prayer collection to dazzle your littles (and perhaps your older kids, too!), please check out this book today.
Publisher/Complier: Emmaus Road Publishing
Illustrator: Adalee Hude
Suggested Age Range: 6+