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Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

by Joyce Denham, Elena Temporin
     
 

St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, is particularly remembered for his gentle and caring deeds towards his world and those who shared it with him. His vibrant faith inspired many others to follow his example of a life filled with consideration.

Set in the medieval countryside surrounding Assisi, this book invites you to step into his world, beautifully

Overview

St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, is particularly remembered for his gentle and caring deeds towards his world and those who shared it with him. His vibrant faith inspired many others to follow his example of a life filled with consideration.

Set in the medieval countryside surrounding Assisi, this book invites you to step into his world, beautifully recreated in words and pictures.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Temporin's (Treasury of Angel Stories) soft watercolors mirror the personality of the 14th-century saint Francis of Assisi. Sparse scenes of medieval Tuscany, created with gentle black outlines and a muted palette, refuse to clamor for attention. However, the subtle illustrations can seem incongruous when the subject is Francis's more rowdy and adventure-seeking youth. Well-known vignettes (the sermon to the birds, his taming of the wolf of Gubbio, etc.) are detailed in short, chronological chapters and narrated in descriptive, often flowery prose ("He sat pressed into his new saddle, his long coat of chain mail hanging like a dead weight from his shoulders"; "merry stars sparkled in the sky as the friars sang hymns of praise to the creator of all things"). Denham (Stories of the Saints) successfully portrays the tension between Francis and his wealthy merchant father, though the absence of dates, sources and author notes makes it hard for a newcomer to separate fact from legend. Ages 5—up. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

Denham chronicles the lifelong spiritual journey of Saint Francis of Assisi in the conversational prose of a storyteller. The fictionalized account is divided into brief vignettes, each illuminating a key event in the man's life and illustrating how he modeled the compassionate ideology professed in the venerated Prayer of Saint Francis . The son of a cloth merchant, Francis spent his youth carousing with a gang of young nobles and dreamed of finding glory on the battlefield as a knight. When God spoke to him in a dream, he gave up his military aspirations and became Christ's knight instead, dedicating his life to the poor. The author touches upon the most celebrated episodes in Francis's life, including his sermon to the birds, his taming of the wolf of Gubbio, his creation of the first crèche, and his being marked with the stigmata. The narrative is accompanied by simple cartoon watercolor paintings. Francis is depicted as a shaggy-haired, smiling man clad at first in rich tunics and then in a plain brown robe tied with a length of rope. Denham prefaces the text with the Canticle of the Sun and rounds it out with The Call to Repentance . Young readers may enjoy this abbreviated overview of the saint's life but should rely on a more detailed source for reports.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557255716
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
318,452
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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