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Children's Literature"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace" is a familiar phrase to adults, but may not be familiar to young readers. This prayer of St. Francis is presented beautifully in this picture book that tells the reader of the life of St. Francis. Even as a young boy in his father's clothe shop, Francis was known for helping the poor, much to his father's chagrin. Francis' father loved to count his money, but Francis' mother taught him the value of giving and caring about others. Unable to serve in the military forces because of an illness, Francis became a soldier for the poor and diseased. At a time when lepers were feared, Francis chose to live in a leper colony and help the sick. Each page contains a phrase of the famous prayer, and each illustration is good enough to frame. This is a lovely gift book, and an excellent book of lessons about moral integrity. 2004, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 9 to 12.