Monday, May 28, 2007

The Vision Book Series

Vision Books are a series of Catholic Books - mostly Saint stories - dating from the 1950's. The stories are engaging and designed for children ages nine to fifteen. My children have enjoyed them as read-alouds as early as Kindergarten age and I have often found them enjoyable and uplifting even as adult reading. An asterisk * indicates titles which have been reprinted by Ignatius Press. Please note that where appropriate, I have attempted to favor the newer title given to reprinted books over the older titles (which occasionally will vary slightly).

*St. John Bosco and The Children's Saint, Dominic Savio by Catherine Beebe
*St. Therese and the Roses by Helene Homan
*Father Marquette and the Great Rivers by August Derleth
*St. Francis of the Seven Seas by Albert Nevins
*Bernadette and the Lady by Hertha Pauli
*St. Isaac and the Indians by Milton Lomask
Fighting Father Duffy by Virginia Bishop and Jim Bishop
*St Pius X by Walter Diethelm
*St. Ignatius and the Company of Jesus by August Derleth
John Carroll: Bishop and Patriot by Milton Lomask
*St. Dominic and the Rosary by Catherine Beebe
The Cross in the West by Mark Boesch
My Eskimos: A Priest in the Arctic by Roger Bullock
Champions in Sport and Spirit by Ed Fitzgerald
*Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi by Helen Walker Homan
Christmas and the Saints by Hertha Pauli
*Edmund Campion, Hero of God's Underground by Harold P. Gardiner
Modern Crusaders by John Travers Moore and Rosemarian V. Staudacher
*Our Lady Came to Fatima by Ruth Fox Hume
The Bible Story by Catherine Beebe
St. Augustine and His Search for Faith by Milton Lomask
*St. Joan: The Girl Soldier by Louis de Wohl
*St. Thomas More of London by Elizabeth M. Ince
*Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity by Alma Powers-Waters
*St. Thomas Aquinas and the Preaching Beggars by Brendan Larnen
*Father Damien and the Bells by Arthur and Elizabeth Sheehan
Columbus and the New World by August Derleth
*St. Philip of the Joyous Heart by Francis X. Connelly
Lydia Longley, the First American Nun by Helen A. McCarthy
*St. Anthony and the Christ Child by Helen Walker Homan
*St. Elizabeth's Three Crowns by Blanche Jennings Thompson
*Katherine Drexel, Friend of the Neglected by Ellen Tarry
St. Louis and the Last Crusade by Margaret Anne Hubbard
*Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk Maid by Evelyn M. Brown
*St. Benedict, Hero of the Hills by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
*The Cure of Ars by Milton Lomask
St. Helena and the True Cross by Louis De Wohl
Catholic Campuses by Rosemarian Staudecher
Governor Al Smith by James Farley and James Conniff
Kit Carson of the Old West by Mark Boesch
Rose Hawthorne by Arthur and Elizabeth O'Dell
The Ursulines by Harnett T. Kane
*Mother Cabrini by Francis Parkinson Keyes
More Champions in Sport and Spirit by Ed Fitzgerald
St. Margaret Mary by Ruth Fox Hume
When Saints Were Young by Blanche Jennings Thompson
Frances Warde and the First Sisters of Mercy by Sister Marie Christopher
*St.Vincent De Paul by Margaret Hubbard
Florence Nightingale's Nuns by Emmeline Garnet
Pope Pius XII by Louis De Wohl
St. Jerome and the Bible by George Sanderling
Saints of the Byzantine World by Blanche Jennings Thompson
Chaplains in Action by Rosemarian Staudacher
*St. Catherine Laboure by Alma Powers-Waters
Mother Barat's Vineyard by Margaret Ann Hubbard
Charles V. Foucald, Adventurer of the Desert by Emmeline Garnett
Martin De Porres, Saint of the New World by Ellen Tarry
Margaret Bourgeoys, Pioneer Teacher by Sister St. Mary Genevieve
Father and Priest to the Pimas by Ann Nolan Clark
Children Welcome: Villages for Boys and Girls by Rosemarian Staudacher
St. Gregory the Great: Consul of God by George Sanderlin
Peter and Paul: The Rock and the Sword by Blanche Jennings Thompson
Irish Saints by Robert T. Reilly
Dear Philippine: The Mission of Mother Duchesne by Margaret Ann Hubbard
Peter Claver, Saint Among Slaves by Ann Roos
John Neumann, The Children's Bishop by Elizabeth Odell Sheehan
St. Francis de Sales by Blanche Jennings Thompson
Sarah Peter: The Dream and the Harvest by Alma Power-Waters
Good Pope John by Elizabeth Odell Sheehan.
In American Vineyards by Rosemarian Staudacher
Brother Andre of Montreal by Ann Nolan Clark
Edel Quinn by Evelyn Brown
California's Father Serra by Ann Roos
St. Martin of Tours by George Sanderlin

[Note: A long-time Vision book fan who helped me fine-tune the list believes that the final two books in the list were never actually printed. Please let me know if you have any additional information.]


Christine said...

We have an old copy of a "Junior Vision" book, St. Elizabeth's Three Crowns. The original publishers reprinted some of the books as abridged versions for younger children. The book is hard cover with beautiful full color illustrations throughout.

Christine said...

I am looking at our "Junior Vision" book and it states, "Junior Vision Books are special adaptations of the well-known Vision books, which have been awarded the Thomas More Association medal, and accorded the Apostolic Blessing by Pope John XXIII. This new series is designed to appeal to the young reader..."

Three other titles that were printed as Junior Vision Books are: Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi; Father Marquette and the Great Rivers; and Saint Joan, the Girl Soldier.

Thank you for posting this list.

Love2Learn Mom said...

I didn't know there were Junior Vision books - what a neat idea - too bad it didn't take off. Thanks for letting us know.

The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

My Eskimos: A Priest in the Arctic is by Roger Buliard, not Bullock.