Father Damien: Hawaii's Saint An Illustrated History of His Life

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Gr 4 Up—A chronology of key events in Father Damien's life is presented in comic-book format. A straightforward narrative is accompanied by illustrated incidents and conversations in dialogue balloons portraying the thoughts and feelings of the hardworking and devoted priest who was declared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Born Josef de Veuster, the son of a Belgian farmer, he was called to the priesthood at age 19. In 1863, Father Damien went to the Hawaiian Islands, where he was ordained. His childhood working on a farm stood him in good stead as he labored to build houses and chapels for the islanders. In 1873, he volunteered to stay with the diseased victims at the leper settlement on Molokai. Through his faith, he brought hope to the people and toiled endlessly to improve their lives. The illustrations, though adequate, lack the emotional impact of the cover art, a painting inspired by the Peggy Chun mosaic in Hawaii. Still, graphic-novel fans may enjoy learning about Saint Damien in this format.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573063074
  • Publisher: Bess Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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