The Little Flower: A Parable of St. Thérèse of Liseux
by Becky Arganbright
illustrated by Tracey Arvidson
Once upon a time, there lived a little girl named Thérèse Martin who lived in Liseux, France.
Thérèse loved Jesus very much. She loved Him not just a little bit, but with all her heart! Loving God made Thérèse happy.
However, Thérèse was very young. She knew that because she was little, she could not do big things for Jesus.
She could not travel to far-off lands to tell people about Jesus.
She could not serve the poor like the great saints.
And she could not be like her older sisters who went away to the Carmelite convent, spending their days in prayer.
Thérèse wanted to do great things for Jesus, too. But how could someone little do great things?
Jesus often spoke to Thérèse’s heart, and one day, He answered her question by telling her the story of a little flower. . . .
Becky Arganbright has adapted St. Thérèse’s lesson of the little flowers into a delightful parable for children. The young Thérèse learns that even though she might be little, with God’s help, her littleness can be a way of doing great things for God.
Illustrator Tracey Arvidson brings the young Thérèse Martin (and the flowers of her parable) to life in gorgeous illustrations. Check out her other work at her etsy website.
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