All art © Tricia Dugat
I had seen a couple of little “Shine the Light” style books before, and thought it was a cute concept. Take a flashlight, hold it behind the page you are reading, and a new image appears. It works especially well when applied to the Saints! Their lives were full of the hidden mysteries of God, and their virtues shined through. Hold a flashlight to Light of the Saints by Cory Heimann, illustrated by Tricia Dugat, and holy attributes and images physically appear. It is wonderful!
Written in rhyming verse, Light of the Saints puts me in mind of the scripture passage, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn 1:5) It reminds children that “Jesus, your own little light lives inside,” so they can have hope and need not fear. In a very sweet way, the author illumines the virtues of twelve Saints by telling a little story about each of them, and encourages children to imitate what made them holy. Many of these saints are well known and beloved; a few of them were new to us, so it was a nice little introduction. The Saints chosen are from across Christian history, and from all over the world.
I will admit that I’ve been a fan of Tricia Dugat’s art for a while now; it is the reason I ordered the book! Tricia, who runs Providential Co., has got vintage style art down pat. The figures she draws in this book are simplified without being cartoony, having just the right amount of detail, and great texture. The Saints are pictured as joyful and serene, and the little girl who guides you through the book is full of wonder. Light of the Saints also has a lovely warm color scheme and a great layout. I appreciate details like that in my, er, my son’s books!
Light of the Saints started out as a crowd-funded Kickstarter project, but it is now available over at Providential Co. and Our Sunday Visitor! I had ordered two copies when I first found out about it, my second went to my Godson (3yrs). He was very excited about it (it has St. Padre Pio- his favorite!), and his parents were delighted with it. I think your family will be delighted too!
Author: Cory Heimann
Illustrator: Tricia Dugat
My Suggested Age Range: 3-10