In selecting a picture book to share with an audience of children, my first criterion is that the pictures should invite me in – make me want to turn the pages. In this respect the Potamitis’s book far exceeded my standards, with its stunningly beautiful full-color iconographic-style illustrations on every page. I welcomed the opportunity to sit down with my 8-year-old son recently to read this story aloud. In short, the book tells the story of St. Catherine’s life, beginning with her childhood and conversion to Christ as a young adult, and continuing with her challenge to the cruel and hard-hearted ruler of Egypt, Maximinus, God’s preservation of her through many tortures, and finally ending with her martyrdom. I noticed my two older sons, ages 12 and 15, joined us somewhere during the story and by the end even they were obviously impressed with this heroine. I’d highly recommend this title as an excellent resource for families and teachers to share with young people ages 5 and up. Available from wwworthodoxchildrensbooks.com.
By Dionysios and Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis. Illustrated by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis.
Reviewed by Mrs. Barli Brown.