We were accidentally mis-shipped a book last week from Paulist Press. The book is entitled “Elizabeth, Who is NOT a Saint”. The front cover features a picture of a little girl chewing gum while wearing an angel costume with one of the wings broken off.
The book tells how the girl isn’t a little saint like other kids because she crawls under tables at restaurants, tells her aunt she doesn’t like her food, spits in her mom’s ear, cuts her dresses and bounces on beds.
Her grandmother has a talk with her to tell her that she has a strong spirit and that these things aren’t the proper use of that spirit. The story ends with Elizabeth saying
“I’m glad I have a strong spirit inside me, even if it does mean getting myself into real trouble sometimes.
Because now I can be just Elizabeth, who will never EVER be a little saint… or a big one, either.”
Does anyone notice anything wrong with this story?
How about some Catholic childrens’ books from Catholic publishers instead?