My View Book Review: Brigid and the Butter by Pamela Love


Title: Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about Saint Brigid of Ireland

Author: Pamela Love

Illustrator: Apryl Stott

Publisher/Year: Pauline Kids/ 2017

Back Cover Blurb: Saints were once kids–just like you! Brigid was a child in Ireland a long time ago. Taking Bishop Patrick’s words to heart, she learned that you don’t need to have much in order to give. Discover how fresh butter and a generous spirit led to Saint Brigid’s very first miracle. 

Brigid and her mother were slaves in Ireland long ago. Brigid was just a young girl, but she worked hard everyday, cooking, cleaning, and caring for the cows. Twice a week, she spent hours making fresh butter. One day, as she and her mother walked the countryside, they came upon Bishop Patrick telling a small group of listeners a gospel story of Jesus and how he blessed five loaves of bread and two small fishes and fed a huge crowd of hungry people. Brigid listened intently to the story.

Sometime later, Brigid had just finished filling a small bowl with butter, the only food they had in the house, when an old woman came to the door. The woman was hungry and asked if Brigid had any food to spare. Brigid explained that all she had was the small bowl of butter. The woman’s eyes became misty at the sight of it. She hadn’t had butter in a very long  time. Now Brigid had an important decision to make.  

It seems fitting to share, this week, a story about a  young girl who knew Bishop Patrick, the man who would become Saint Patrick. Though the story isn’t about him, it’s clear that he had a big impact on the life of a girl who would one day become a saint herself.

Author Pamela Love’s Brigid and the Butter is truly a lovely tale about generosity and giving. It shows how even one small child can make a difference in the life of someone else. Really it shows how every person can make a difference, no matter our circumstances. We need only open our hearts and let our generous spirits flow out to others, just as Saint Brigid did as a girl and continued to do for her entire life. She is a role model for us all.

Apryl Stott’s sweet illustrations are a perfect match for the text, portraying scenes from long ago in muted tones, yet managing to infuse energy throughout the book, an energy that brings Saint Brigid’s story to life.

Brigid and the Butter ends with two fitting extras: An About page that gives readers more information about Brigid’s life and a Prayer to Saint Brigid.

Please come back tomorrow to read a guest article by author Pamela Love with suggestions on how to write religious-themed picture books.

Bible Stories From A Unique Perspective

Most folks, religious or not, are familiar with many of the stories from the Bible. Perhaps most familiar are the stories about Noah’s ark, David and Goliath, Joseph and his coat of many colors, and, of course, Jesus’ birth. Illustrated children’s Bibles do a nice job of sharing these stories with kids, but often, the stories are just simplified versions of those told in the Bible. What if there was a way to impart the messages of the Bible in a way that would capture the attention of even the youngest listeners? Mandy Jacob, author of several Bible-based books for children, has found a way. Let’s hear from Mandy.

pic-1People often ask me what inspired such a different take on the traditional Bible stories. Honestly, I can’t take all the credit. I was sitting in church one day, listening to a sermon about Noah’s faith in God. Allowing Him to steer the Ark where He deemed fit, since the Ark had no rudder. And then it struck me. Why not convey this exact message to children through the eyes of the Ark?








I told a few friends and they all encouraged me to write the story. But first, the pragmatic part of me had to make sure that there wasn’t a similar book out there already. To my excitement, I didn’t find anything else like my idea. Especially not with respect to Bible stories. Finally, a unique way to convey adult concepts directly to my young audience! 

Not only that, but having two early readers, I decided that I had to follow the Right Brain approach to reading. Having these two unique ideas meshed into one book, was simply enthralling to me. Once I had finished the first book, I realized I could apply the same principles to as many Bible characters as I had time for. Hence, the birth of my series! 








I have currently written five books. A Vessel without a Passage, Joseph’s Coat, and David’s Pebble were released just a few weeks ago! The Cursed Tree will be released in March and Moses’s Glorious Staff in April. In my books you will encounter eyewitness testimonies of Bible heroes. However, these untold stories are not of your usual Bible heroes but instead are narrated by their unique inanimate objects.

With three more books on the back burner, I am hoping to capture the minds and imaginations of many young readers.