Meet Molly McBride! Molly loves her new purple habit — it’s just like the ones her friends, the Children of Mary Sisters, wear. She loves it so much, in fact, that she doesn’t want to take it off…not even for her sister’s big day! Join Molly and her wolf-pet Francis as they learn all about nuns, habits, and giving your heart to Jesus."
Molly McBride and the Purple Habit, written by Jean Schoonover-Egolf and published by Gracewatch Media, tells the story of her older sister's first Communion through the eyes of five year-old Molly. We spend the busy morning with Molly as she struggles with feeling unimportant on her older sister's Big Day, we join her in the Mass, and we walk alongside her as she has a sweet conversation with Sister Bernadette, one of the Children of Mary Sisters.
The author weaves truths about vocations as well as the Eucharist into the story, making it an easy and fun way to teach our children about our faith. The illustrations are are artful and beautiful, bringing Molly and the "Big Day" to life as we experienced it with her.
This book is a great tool for starting conversations about vocations ("What do you think about those sisters? What do you think it's like to be just like them? Have you ever thought about becoming a nun when you grow up?") and the Eucharist, especially for younger children who haven't received their First Communion or children who have older siblings receiving communion who might feel left out like Molly did.
Lily loved listening to me read this book and has asked me several times since to read it again. She really identified with Molly and her love for dressing up in her habit, so I just might have to make Lily one of her own! How cute would that be?
This sweet little book would make a wonderful Christmas, birthday, or Confirmation gift for any little Catholic. I am excited to keep it on our bookshelf for many years to come and, as my children grow, let them be inspired by Molly and her purple habit to grow closer to Christ every day.