Precious Pearl book cover

Precious Pearl

By Joan Hughes

Illustrated by Rebecca Gavney Driscoll

ISBN: 978-0-9899780-5-7


Ever since she was old enough to pick up a crayon, Lucy has enjoyed writing stories. She strings words together just like the pearls that are strung together to form the necklace that her mother wears to church every Sunday. After spotting a silly little mouse squeezing through a hole in the wall at church, Lucy is inspired to write a story for her next assignment at school. When her talents are questioned, Lucy finds comfort from a classmate who gives her a special gift. Thanks to the boy’s kindness, Lucy learns the importance of the many gifts in her life — not only her gift for storytelling but the greater gift of friendship. She is inspired by the parable of the precious pearl: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13: 45-46)

32 page hardcover, 8.75 x 10.25 inches


Joan Hughes is a native of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Where she also raised her two sons and three step-children. She currently resides in Monroe, Wisconsin with her husband Don and dog Sadie. She is very involved in her church in Darlington, Wisconsin (Lafayette County Christian Center). This is her first book, she hopes it will help to embrace that we should always see the pearls in all situations of life.