A beautifully illustrated picture book portrayal of the life of Mary, mother of JesusMary has captured the hearts of people throughout the centuries. Great cathedrals have been built in her honor. Many Christians venerate her image. Nearly 80,000 visions of Mary have been claimed since the third century AD. Drawing on scripture, legend, and tradition, Tomie dePaola re-tells the story of Mary’s life in fifteen beautifully illustrated, child-friendly segments.


Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola

By the time he could hold a pencil, Tomie dePaola knew his life’s work would be writing and illustrating children's books. He has received many awards including a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona and a nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.

DePaola has published more than two hundred children’s books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year. 

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his dog. His studio is in a large, renovated two-hundred-year-old barn.


  • book: Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland
  • book: Christopher, the Holy Giant
  • book: Fin M'Coul, the Giant of Knockmany Hill
  • book: Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi
  • book: The Hunter and the Animals
  • book: The Kids' Cat Book
  • book: The Lady of Guadalupe
  • book: Mary, the Mother of Jesus
  • book: The Parables of Jesus
  • book: Songs of the Fog Maiden
  • book: When Everyone Was Fast Asleep
  • book: The Family Christmas Tree Book
  • book: An Early American Christmas

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  • Holiday House was founded in 1935 in New York City, the first American publishing house ever founded with the purpose of publishing nothing but children's books, according to Publishers Weekly. Although Holiday House has changed over the years, in many ways it remains the same: relatively small, fiercely independent, and completely devoted to its authors and illustrators.