For those of you who have been so kind as to follow my “junior Great Books” project, I thank you! Here is what I have been working on lately, ramping up to my first book series. I want to first write some books for little ones, maybe ages 3-6, introducing key authors and concepts.
I may do characters to go along with my animal plushies in another iteration, but for now I thought it would be fun to do alphabet coloring pages. Instant gratification!
So I will be posting them here as they are completed so anyone can download and print them as they please. At the end of the series, I will compile them into a complete book (both PDF and print) at the end of the series.
I hope you enjoy! As always, feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions, comments, struggles, suggestions, requests, or just want to talk. 🙂
“Our hearts are restless until they rest in God.”
St. Augustine of Hippo, known best for writing City of God, was quite the ladies man in his youth. It wasn’t until he saw the wrong in habitually stealing pears off of someone’s tree (for kicks, he didn’t even eat the pears) that he recognized the nature of sin, which prompted him to turn his life around and write Confessions.
“Conventionality is not morality.” –Charlotte Brontë
“Honest people don’t hide their deeds.” –Emily Brontë
“But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” –Anne Brontë
The Brontë sisters each wrote well-received works in their lifetimes under male pseudonyms, Emily for Wuthering Heights, Charlotte for Jane Eyre, and Anne for Agnes Grey. They employed “Byronic heroes” in their novels–arrogant, passionate, yet magnetic male figures with dark hearts (see Heathcliff and Mr. Rochester). As children, they had very vivid imaginations and created matchbook-sizes novels to bolster the morale of British soldiers.
Credite amori vera dicenti: “believe love speaking the truth.”Docendo discitar: “by teaching one learns.”
- Wisdom: the ability to distinguish truth from falsity and to understand the relationships between them and the consequences of each.
- Temperance: ability to restrain passions (pathe) and to make the appetites (hormai) amenable to reason.
- Justice: capacity to behave considerately and understandingly in associations with other people.
“Beauty awakens the soul to act.”