Ecoutez! Now listen to the story I tell … Setting out one day to gather firewood, young Bernadette Soubirous stops to cross a stream near a grotto. Here she witnesses a beautiful vision that will change her life, and the French village of Lourdes, forever. In a series of rhyming verse, children’s author Eleanor Gormally tells the much-loved story of Bernadette and the Lady of Lourdes.
This book is suitable for children aged four to eight and comes beautifully illustrated by Barbara Croatto.
Eleanor Gormally lives in County Limerick with her husband and daughter. She is also the author of The Little Flower Bulb, The Little One Asks and Bernadette and the Lady of Lourdes, all published by Veritas.
The Italian-born, Dublin-based illustrator Barbara Croatto has worked as a designer for more than twenty years. She has illustrated a number of Veritas titles, including The Story of St Brigid and Three Visitors: The Story of Knock.
Eleanor Gormally, the author of Little Lucy's Family, which successfully relates adoption to the experience of the ordinary child, in this little book written in rhyming verse, provides a simple account of the moving yet still mysterious events at Lourdes in February 1858. She relates how Bernadette was asked by her Aquero as she called the lady to see the place become "A place where there's healing / Of heart and of mind, / A place where there's peace / for each pilgrim to find". The charming and effective illustrations are by Barbara Croatto. As Lourdes remains one of the most visited shrines in the world, Mrs. Gormally provides her young readers with some idea of why this is so.
–The Irish Catholic, January 16, 2014