Patricia St. John has been called 'a poet of forgiveness,' and her books have been beloved by generations of children all over the world. These books make wonderful family read alouds and every one of the author's books focus on the Gospel message in a clear, non-preachy and realistic way. I first read her books as an adult and cried through quite a few of them. Nothing Else Matters is written to an older audience than the other two & I wrote about that book here.
The books below are the older non-revised editions - I don't understand why her books have been revised -maybe it's just code for dumbed down. Anyhow the older editions are getting hard to find but I have doubles of these titles for anyone who's going to the Mum Heart Conference at Newcastle next month. Let me know if you'd like any of these titles & leave a comment here or on my Facebook page. I'll be announcing winners of the books I've posted this month the week before the Conference and give them to the winners while I'm there.
The Wizard of Jenolan by Nuri Mass
Originally published in 1946, this book was forgotten for many years. In 1991, a young girl went on a school excursion to the Jenolan Caves and on her return home she told her father (advertising Creative Director, Harold Hughes) all about her wonderful adventures and he remembered the book he'd read when he was a child. He began to tell his daughter about Thel and her adventures but couldn't remember the whole story and was surprised that the book had been allowed to disappear. So he contacted the State Library, found the author Nuri Mass and she agreed to rewrite the story of Thel. This book was the result and was published in 1993.
A good book to read before visiting the Jenolan Caves. Nuri Mass has an old earth perspective & that's reflected in this book. Suitable as a read aloud for about ages 8 and up.
Bushland Stories by Amy Eleanor Mack
Published in 1925, this book, although old and discoloured on the outside, is very readable inside. There are 18 chapters, each containing an individual story. 248 pages all up. I used some of the stories in Year 3 for Natural History with my nine year old.