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Why These Books?

Poetry and Short Stories
To become truly virtuous and well-rounded people, children must learn to appreciate and love literature that is beautiful and true. Fostering this appreciation will also help inspire our young people to use their own God-given talents to carry on the long tradition of Catholic art and literature.

Ages 12 and up

Broken Crusts
Songs of Faith and Freedom
Clifford J. Laube

One of the truly great Catholic poets of the 20th century, Clifford J. Laube’s devout, evocative, and erudite poems were originally published in some of the most widely read and prestigious periodicals, both Catholic and secular. Born in poverty to a Colorado prospecting couple in 1891, Laube overcame enormous obstacles to become a celebrated figure in Catholic arts and letters—editor at the New York Times, President of the Catholic Poetry Society, founder of a small press, and recipient of four honorary doctorates. This collection of his work captures the heart and soul of the man—his love of the natural world, his attachment to family, and above all, his devotion to the transcendent God as revealed through the teachings of the Catholic Church. Broken Crusts will occupy a treasured place in the homes of Catholic families and is especially well suited for students learning about the classical poetic forms in English.

Paperback ~ 130 pp. ~ $12.95 with 20% discount, $10.36

The Harp and the Laurel Wreath
Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
by Laura M. Berquist
      Convinced that a critical part of education is to foster in our children a love of the beautiful and true, teacher and writer Laura Berquist presents this wide selection of poetry for every age level from grades one to twelve. Language development is significantly enriched by exposure to good poetry. This book is an important resource because it provides in one volume many poems that concern noble actions or ideas presented in beautiful patterns of sound.
      This book contains all the poems recommended in Berquist's best-selling Designing Your Classical Curriculum. The extensive selection includes poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Browning, William Shakespeare, G.K. Chesterton, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, and many others. There are three indices to help locate specific poems. This book also includes dictation selections that are useful tools in the development of the child's writing ability, as well as study questions and answers for each poem..

Paperback ~ 492 pp. ~ $21.95 with 10% discount, $19.75

Ages 10 and up

The Menagerie of Marsepink
by Claudio R. Salvucci

A young zoology professor arrives at a prestigious Long Island college filled with jaded, materialistic scientists. But in a tower high above their heads, the college's angelic heiress devotedly watches over a collection of handmade animals made of a more mysterious stuff than cloth and string. A tribute to the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Menagerie of Marsepink is a short moral allegory on the limits of natural science and the supernatural reality of the soul.

Paperback ~ 40 pp. ~ $8.95 with 20% discount, $7.16


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