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Children’s Classics by Patricia M. St. John

childrensclassicsLet me preface this post by saying that it is completely off-the-cuff.  I do not have a children’s classic that I have recently read about which I can write (aside from the various read-alouds that we do together at the House of Hope, but of course, those already have posts dedicated to them).  Instead, then, I am taking a stroll down memory lane to my own childhood and posting about an author whose books I still remember to this day (and I’m ahem approaching what might be called middle age).

I attended a small, private Christian school for a few years in upper elementary school.  This gave me exposure to some authors that I probably would have never encountered otherwise.  I enjoyed these books so much that I later sought them out, asking for them for Christmas, even ordering some of them myself as a sentimental, book-loving teenager.  They still have a place in my home library.  What are these books?  They are wonderful stories written by Patricia M. St. John.  Here are a few of the ones that really stand out in my mind:

Treasures of the Snow is a story of forgiveness set in the Swiss Alps.

Rainbow Garden is the story of lonely Elaine who goes to live with a Welsh family where she finds the true meaning of “fulness of joy.”

Set in North Africa, Star of Light is the story of a boy’s selfless love for his younger, blind sister.

Patricia M. St. John worked as a missionary nurse for many years, so she writes of different countries and cultures with an experienced hand. To my remembrance, each of her books presents a clear gospel message.  The characters are very endearing and realistic. While I’m sure these are not children’s classics in the broad sense of the word, I do believe they have a prominent place in the sub-genre of children’s Christian fiction.

In writing this post, I have rekindled a long-dormant interest in these books.  I think I might skim over one of these to determine if it is suitable for a future read-aloud for my own girls.

Do you want to read about more children’s classics?  Pop over to the Children’s Classics carnival at 5 Minutes for Books!

**Please note that the books linked here from Amazon are abridged versions, and I cannot speak for them.

***Also please note that I tried and tried in vain to reformat this post so that the books are not arranged in stair-steps.  Forgive me.


8 Responses

  1. These sound awesome! Thank you!

  2. And the stair step is cute.

  3. The stair step works!

    I enjoyed hearing about these books that you remember having grown up with. That’s fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. These look like books I would have loved as a child. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. Thanks for sharing these books. I’ve never read them but I can see how you would become so attached. The stairsteps worked for me. As I was reading I was thinking how clever they looked.

  6. I’ve never heard of these books! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I read Patricia St. John as a girl, but had forgotten about them. My 3 girls are 5, 3 and 2 and I have just started introducing them to some of my favorite books from childhood – Anne of Green Gables, Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – I will add these to my reading list with them, thanks for the reminder.

  8. These look good – I’m always looking for book ideas for my 11yo niece. Thanks!

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