Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures [NOOK Book]

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In Brother Sun, Sister Moon, award-winning author Katherine Paterson re-imagines a hymn of praise originally written by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1224. Illuminated with the exquisite illustrations of cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton, this picture book offers a stunningly beautiful tribute to nature.
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Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures

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Overview

In Brother Sun, Sister Moon, award-winning author Katherine Paterson re-imagines a hymn of praise originally written by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1224. Illuminated with the exquisite illustrations of cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton, this picture book offers a stunningly beautiful tribute to nature.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Artwork and verse alike give a nod toward the Europe of centuries past in this reimagining of Saint Francis's song of thankfulness and praise, which dates to the 1220s. An editor's note mentions that Francis composed the canticle "in his local Umbrian dialect... so that his words could be understood by all." Similarly, Paterson, the current national ambassador for young people's literature, does a fine job of making the canticle more catholic than Catholic (no mention of mortal sin), while maintaining a traditional tone and hewing to the structure of the original, which appears at book's end. As Paterson expresses thankfulness to God for various forces of creation ("We praise you for our Sister Earth, who declares your mother love for us"), debut artist Dalton offers delicately detailed, loosely symmetrical cut-paper tableaus, set against black backdrops and framed by birds' nests, willow trees, vines, and branches. Young Germanic peasants work and play, harvesting, baking, and, in a solemn spread dedicated to Sister Death, mourning a deceased woodland animal. It's only the absence of a more multicultural cast that keeps this from being a truly global paean to God's creation. Ages 4–8. (June)
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"An inspiring modern classic." - Booklist Starred Review

"The combination of her polished poetic text and Ms. Dalton's glorious illustrations reach a sublime height." - New York Journal of Books

"Gorgeous" - School Library Journal Starred Review

Kirkus Reviews

A gorgeous visual paean to the natural world that reflects and echoes the prayer it accompanies.

Beloved author Paterson "reimagines" Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of the Creatures" in crystalline language. "For this life and the life to come, we sing our praise to you, / O Lord, the Father and Mother of all creation." The song starts with Brother Sun and Sister Moon, Brother Air and Sister Water, and leads on to thanksgiving for Sister Earth and Brother Fire, through praise for those who can forgive, comfort for those who suffer, courage for those who make peace.There is praise for Sister Death, acknowledging fear but recognizing her as part of love "for this life and the life to come." Dalton's extraordinary images, made with papercuts and watercolor lain on a black background, have the same stately rhythm, repetition and beauty as the text. Borders of fruit branches, flowers and leaves set off the text and the center frame, which is in two or three lines of images like a medieval panel painting or a contemporary sequential tale. A farmer plows and reaps, children play and work. Exquisitely rendered butterflies and oxen, sunflowers and apples, wheat and bread make the world vivid, present and lovely.

Grace and joy for all ages and almost any faith. (author's, editor's and illustrator's notes, "Canticle" translated by Bill Barrett) (Picture book/religion. 5-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452105796
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/29/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 444,749
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Katherine Paterson is a two-time Newbery Medal winner, a two-time National Book Award winner, and the 2010-11 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. She lives in Barre, Vermont.

Pamela Dalton is a master of scherenschnitte, the art of papercutting. Her artwork has enthralled collectors worldwide for more than two decades. She lives in Ghent, New York, where her home and studio overlook a biodynamic farm and a school community. This is her first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    To the writer

    Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please make more! From the three parts I read, it was just amazing. I already have favorite characters. Glasseye and Eclipsekit(even though nothing much has happened with her....). I love how descriptive you are, and how you use not-so-common names! Reading your story gave me the same thrill as reading a new Warriors book! :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Lov the story

    :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Jaysoar

    Eclipsekit...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Wingfury

    I love it!!! :3 Totaly awesome!!! Please write more!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Jaystar

    D-awww so cute! I can't get over your writing! You sound like Erin Hunter and Kathryn Lasky. I also love your names, quite original.~Jaystar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    The Rise of EclipseClan- Prologue Part 3

    He nearly choked a gasp, noticing how familiar she looked to his mate. For a moment, he thought he was a small kit in the nursery, once again playing mossball with Nightflower- back then Nightkit. The only difference was the moon-shaped marking on her forehead.
    'She's like the reflection of Nightflower,' he murmured to himself. 'Like the moon against the sun…'
    Quickly, he sat up. "The moon against the sun… that's like an eclipse…" he glanced down at the kit. "She will be known as Eclipsekit." However, there was no compassion in his voice, like a tom would usually have while naming his children.
    Not under these circumstances.
    Still weeping, he dug his muzzle into Nightflower's cooling body one last time, before padding out of the nursery, his head low. He didn't seem to notice the kits, mewling with hunger and cold.
    The crying aroused a young warrior. She grunted, and stood up, careful not to trouble the other cats sleeping around her. "I was just having a great dream," she hissed to herself, wishing she could still be eating the juicy chaffinch she had caught in the dead of leaf-bare. "Instead of eating that bird, I have to shush Nightflower's kits." With a flick of her tail, she remembered the kits that Nightflower was going to have. At least she would get to see the future warriors. Disgruntled, but with her curiousity piqued, she padded out of the warrior's den into the nursery. "What in StarClan's going…?" Her green gaze widened as she looked at the kits wailing on the ground, their paws sloshing in the blood of their mother. "Oh… dear…" She controlled herself not to scream. She knew her calls would just arouse the Clan, who would think that the body was yet another omen of the Clan dying. //The leader's mate dying? As if they hadn't had enough to worry about with the cats dying, and the prey and herbs disappearing… I'll just talk with Clawstar. He'll probably agree to bury her in secret, and just say she… left to be a kittypet.// She glanced down at the queen, who looked small and weak now that her grand spirit had left her.
    Quietly, she dragged Nightflower into the corner of the nursery, knowing Clawstar wouldn't appreciate it if she buried the deceased queen without his presence. "I still have a little milk…" she murmured to herself. "Nightflower, wherever you are, I hope you won't mind me taking care of your kits." With that, the small warrior curled around the kits, where they suckled her remaining milk before going to sleep. Their new mother, Mistyflower, fell asleep with them, visions of a gentle queen disappearing in front of her vulnerable kits shrouding her dreams.
    And that, reader, begins the very start of a legendary Clan.

    Authors Note: I hope you like! Sorry it's so long. Also sorry if the ending seems like a rushed plot filler 3: Just for future refrence, this story will not be in Mistyflower's point of view! It will most likely be in Eclipsekit's point of view; Mistyflower's just their mother. Anyways, comment and rate! The more reviews I get the more chapters I will write each day. ^^

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Wonderful Book!

    This children's book is a wonderful discovery! The illustrations are exquisite on every page and the simple messages of love, respect and wonder of our world are very moving. It's one of the best children's books I've seen in a long time, and I see alot of children's books!

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