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Saintly Creatures

Saintly Creatures

14 Tales of Animals and Their Holy Companions

by Alexi Sargeant

Illustrated by Anita Barghigiani

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Discover the exciting tales of God’s creatures and the holy men and women they encountered! You’ll read about an enormous dog who protected a priest from an ambush, a tiger who shared his cave with persecuted Korean Christians, a dangerous wolf who was tamed by an Italian friar, a boar who was rescued from hunters by a wise Irish abbess, and many more. Each of these fourteen tales shows the heroic virtue of the saints and inspires young readers to faithfully follow Jesus. With breathtaking full-color illustrations, this storybook will become a beloved family read-aloud. It is a perfect gift from parents, grandparents, or godparents to introduce the young reader to the saints!

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Publisher: Word on Fire Votive
ISBN: 978-1-68578-989-3
Binding: Hardcover
Page count: 64
Dimensions: 22.23 x 28.58 (cm)
Thickness: 1.24 (cm)
Language: English
Release date: Sep 18, 2023
Age Range: 5 - 12
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About the Illustrator

Anita Barghigiani graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. She currently lives in the woods between Florence and Bologna, where she works, plays the guitar, and actively helps animals as a volunteer.

What People are Saying

“What could be better than a picture book about saints and their animal friends? With stunning illustrations by Anita Barghigiani and the captivating storytelling of Alexi Sargeant, Saintly Creatures will be a favorite in your home.”

— Meg Hunter-Kilmer, author of Saints Around the World

“These touching tales and lovely illustrations will teach our little ones that the love of God touches each of his creatures, whether they walk on two legs or four!”

— Matthew Mehan, author of The Handsome Little Cygnet and Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals

Saintly Creatures has quickly risen to the top of our ‘favorite books’ list, with both my kindergartener and preschooler begging to hear the stories while they look at the gorgeous illustrations. The prose is lovely, the artwork is captivating, and the stories are helping my kids think about striving for holiness in their everyday lives. This book is a remarkable triumph—I don’t think I've ever seen anything else like it. It is essential for your Catholic family library.”

— Katie Prejean McGrady, author and host of The Katie McGrady Show on Sirius XM's The Catholic Channel 

“This is an absolutely delightful book that introduces children to the lives of the saints in a fresh and unique way. A must-have for every Catholic family bookshelf.”

— Jen Fulwiler, standup comic and bestselling author

“What a treasure Saintly Creatures is for the imagination! The beauty of the lives and the animals shines forth not merely in the glowing illustrations but in the light of Christ displayed by each saint here. Adults will enjoy this book as much as their children will, always a sign of a great children’s book.” 

— Jessica Hooten Wilson, Fletcher Jones Chair of Great Books at Pepperdine University

“Gorgeous art and captivating storytelling fill the pages of Saintly Creatures, but it will hold a place on my shelf because it allows my children to encounter more of our universal Church. A young Mexican martyr, a biracial saint from Peru, and Korean Catholics hiding in a tiger's cave are among stories tucked into a collection tied together by the charming theme of animals and saints.”

— Sarah Hoyoung Ku, creator of Asian Catholic Woman 

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