Brigid and the Butter
Brigid and the Butter

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Love, Pamela 

Pauline Books & Media 



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A young girl opens her heart with generosity and love.

About this Book:

Brigid is captivated by the story Bishop Patrick tells her village about Jesus feeding many hungry people with five loaves and two fishes. She wants to feed many hungry people, but she is often hungry herself. She and her mother work hard each day on their master's farm. Many days they have only bread and butter for dinner. When a beggar woman asks for the only food Brigid has-a dish of butter-she knows she can feed the person in front of her and opens her heart with generosity and love like Jesus. Find out what happens in this story of the first miracle of St. Brigid of Ireland. Beautiful illustrations and an engaging story encourage children ages 4 to 7 to learn more about the life of this generous saint!

Features & Benefits:

  • Colorful illustrations
  • Perfect for children ages 4 to 7
  • Historical biography page
  • Includes a prayer to St. Brigid
  • Children can learn about the butter-making process

About the Author:

Pamela Love grew up in New Jersey and attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She was a teacher and a marketer before turning to writing. Pamela is the author of numerous children's picture books and has written many stories and poems for children's magazines. She is also a contributor to Family Matters: Thirteen Short Stories, published by Pauline Books & Media. She lives with her husband and son in Maryland.

About the Illustrator Apryl Stott grew up in southern California and left the beach to get her degree inillustration and design at Brigham Young University. She loves illustrating, problem-solving, and creating. Other titles she's illustrated for Pauline Books & Media include Daddy, Am I Beautiful? and Bible Stories for Little Ones.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

Brigid "was such a giving Saint. People received many miracles from her. This is such a great book. I promise you won't be disappointed."
-Emily Davis, Our Home, Mary's Mantle

"Brigid and the Butter is enriched with child-like appealing illustrations and is finished with a lovely Prayer to Saint Brigid."
-Midwest Book Review

Product Details:

Binding: Hardcover
Trim size: 6 ¼ x 7 ½ inches
Pages: 40

Keywords: St. Brigid, Irish saints, Brigid of Ireland, Patrick of Ireland, Tales and Legends

Mael Brigde says...
In Brigid and the Butter the first thing I notice of course is the art of Apryl Stott. The cover shows a comely, open-faced young girl with a bowl of butter, cattle in the pasture behind her, and a painted framework round the whole that mixes Irish knotwork with another style of art inlaid into it—beautiful though a little out of keeping with the setting. Flipping through the book without reading, to get an idea of the flow of the story and to steep in Stott’s imagery, I grew more excited—her paintings are rich and generous and well designed, and even the non-reader is quickly drawn into a land where there are great cattle looming over us, finely arching thistles growing up along a page, and an earnest young girl caring for the cattle and setting to work making butter. Pamela Love has drawn together a number of elements to tell a story that is both entertaining and educational, mostly in terms of its spiritual teachings. The child who reads the book will learn a little of what life was like for a youngster in Brigid’s time, for instance that children were expected to work independently and hard (potentially dangerous work, too, if you check out the size of and the horns on those critters). She handles a herd of animals much larger than herself, caring for them in many ways, and does the exhausting work of making butter from their milk. Butter comes from milk?! From a cow?! Amazing! And this is how it’s done. By hand?! I like that Brigid and the Butter can be read as it is and enjoyed quite simply, with no pressure to have big heavy Teaching Discussions, or can become the starting off place for several different conversations, then or later, round the dinner table perhaps, on the different kinds of responsibilities children face, on slavery, on miracles, on generosity, on taking care of ourselves and our own families, on cattle rearing and making butter, or on the Biblical stories referred to in the text. (A family that is into history might even look into whether or not Saint Patrick and Saint Brigit could ever actually have met, as they were said to have done in some of her later Lives.) For my full review of this book go to

Aubri Enders says...
This story had a wonderful simple message. A great teaching tool for children.

Mary Watches says...
I found Brigid and the Butter to be a charming story about sharing and caring. Brigid gives away her only food to feed the hungry. I think this story is an excellent way to show children how to put others before themselves. The book is informative and beautifully illustrated.

M. Ellerbrock says...
Engaging story. As a young girl, Brigid feels a need to feed the hungry. Her life in 5th century Ireland is not an easy one, and Brigid and her mother are often hungry themselves. In Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about Saint Brigid of Ireland, Pamela Love retells the story of Brigid’s encounter with a beggar woman. Apryl Stott’s illustrations will appeal to readers as they read about Brigid’s first miracle. The text and illustrations work together as a beautiful way to tell the gentle story of Brigid’s early life. Further information about Saint Brigid and a prayer to her round out this inviting look at her life. Pauline Books and Media provided me with a free copy of Brigid and the Butter in exchange for an honest review.
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