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Picture book: St. Felix and the Spider

November 14, 2013


Sorry, this post isn’t about chant. Rather, my sister Lydia has just illustrated her first children’s picture book, St. Felix and the Spider, which was written by Dessi Jackson :


This book is mostly about the spider, I’m afraid. However, St. Felix, in case you are wondering, was a priest-martyr of the 3rd century. He is commemorated on January 14th (in the 1962 calendar, that is).

Legend has it that when Romans were looking for him and he was hiding in a cave, a spider … no wait, I shouldn’t give away the plot. But as you can see, after they had found the cave, the soldiers went away doing the solfege hand-sign for Fa thus :


So, if you need a book to help celebrate the 14th of Janiveer, this could be it. Or if you want to help keep alive this sort of jolly-tale-about-the-obscure-saint, that’s another reason. Come to think of it, maybe we could start a petition for Lydia’s next project to be about St. Martha and the Dragon :


But until then, I suppose we must be content with the wee spider ; at any rate it is cheaper than a Liber Usualis :


I should also mention that this book is being published by my family, our first, under the imprint Quis Ut Deus Press. Which name is in honor of St. Michael’s battle cry, “Who is like God?”


So, now you know.

Did I mention it’s available here on Amazon!

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I should also note that from this we may see that self-publishing is not rocket science. You just need to have good content, and to spend a certain amount of time getting everything put together just right. And proof-reading. And proof-reading. (This was in fact the only thing I helped with.) Now, go publish a book! I’ve got to get back to work on mine…

…The blacksmith shook his head as he went back to his smithy. “Ominous names,” he said. “Hilarius and Felix! I don’t like the sound of them.” *

*This last quote has almost nothing do do with St. Felix and the Spider. Rather, it is from Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien.

  1. Reblogged this on Sound Art Creator and commented:
    Interesting connections!

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