Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"A Necklace of Virtues" - a bookwrap

Unwrapping ... the author's note

"This story is a work of historical fiction. We know that Audrey of Ely lived in England in the 7th century, but do not have all the details of her childhood.  History tells us that as a young princess, she loved her necklaces but later chose to give all her riches away and become a nun.

I created this story in the attempt to answer my own Audrey's question- why do we have so much, when others have so little?  I 
hope that Saint Audrey will provide inspiration to other parents grappling with the same questions and give us all hope that one day our little princess may grow up to be great servants of God."


"A Necklace of Virtues" 

Authored by Calee M. Lee
Illustrated by Turbo Qualls

Ages 3-8

Unwrapping some beautiful illustrations

About the book

"A Necklace of Virtues" teaches young kids a very valuable life lesson... it is better to give than to receive and out of our abundance we can bless others that are less fortunate than us.

Princess Audrey, a real life princess, lived in the 7th century in England.  She loves her necklaces and finery and one day she decides to go to church to pray and light a candle for her little sister who is bed-ridden and covered with red spots.  

While in her meditative mood she hears a baby wailing in utter distress.  Touched by his incessant cries she goes over to seek him out.  His mother is very embarrassed that her baby is relentless in his tears and is disturbing the young princess's quiet time.  

Undaunted, the compassionate princess leans over and lovingly strokes the little guy's toes to comfort him.  His mother tries to move away apologizing for her infants disruptive behaviour.  The mother turns to go and when she does the baby wraps his little hand firmly around Princess Audrey's necklace that is dangling down towards his face. 

 The baby "transferred the shiny pearls to his mouth and climbed into Audrey's arms."  

"Trying to hand the baby back to his mother, Audrey said, "I think he's a little hungry."

"Sighing, the mother replied," You are more right than you know." 

What do you think Princess Audrey's response is to this hungry child?  It is one that changes her for the rest of her life.  She grows up to become queen and a philanthropist extraordinaire which then leads her to the best life change of all.... Princess Audrey becames a nun.  She follows her heart ( and I'm sure God's guidance) to always help the poor and destitute.  She becomes a servant of God and continually blesses those around her. 

The illustrations are vibrant, expressive and emulate stain-glass windows that you would find in a church setting.  I think the message was relevant then and is also relevant today.  I highly recommend this book.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

CALEE M. LEE loves forest walks, city bakeries and 3-book weekends. She is the author of more than 15 children’s books and the owner of more than she cares to count. She lives with her husband, 2 children, and Catty the cat in Southern California.

Introducing the illustrator

 "Turbo Qualls is a Christian, husband, father, illustrator, musician and works hard at his job. His job is the study of Aesthetics, and his chosen medium for exploring beauty is Eastern Orthodox iconography and tattoo art. 
  Turbo has been tattooing people for fourteen years and has just opened up his own shop in Placentia, California near Cal State Fullerton called All Seeing Eye Art and Design Firm.
  What Turbo is able to do with color is amazing...." Interviewed by Nathaniel Warne 2012

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