Monday, October 21, 2013

The Catholic Company Book Review: The Queen and the Cross

The Queen and the Cross: The Story of Saint Helen
by Cornelia Mary Bilinsky

This book relates the legend of St. Helen and her journey to Jerusalem to find the cross on which Jesus died. It begins when her son has brought her to be Queen in Rome (leaving the details of how her husband divorced her to a note in the back, where parents can choose whether to share it). Through prayer, trust, and miracles, the true cross is found and identified.

While I haven't read every saint story, I have read quite a few. This is the first I've seen on St. Helen for young children. It would be appropriate to read aloud to all ages. I also liked the illustrations of St. Helen. Though she is a Queen, she seems like a beautiful grandmother, someone anyone could approach.

I appreciate how Pauline Books and Media have published this book in hardcover. They last so much better than paperbacks, especially in families with multiple children.

This would be a good book to share with children on St. Helen's feast day, August 18th, or for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14th. (You could read the book while munching on delicious hot cross buns.)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an objective review. This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on The Queen and the Cross-The Story of St. Helen. The Catholic Company is the best resource for all your seasonal needs such as First Communion gifts as well as ideas and gifts for the special papal Year of Faith.


  1. How funny, this is sitting in my dresser waiting to be read and reviewed, I saw it and thought Gemma would like it! I appreciated that it was hard-back as well.

    If I were on the ball I would have read it last week when it came, as it was "H" week at our house, but alas that didn't happen.

    1. Monica, I think I read this the first day it arrived, but it took three weeks to get anything posted to the blog about it. That's life with kids.


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