Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyMora (This Big Sky) praises in poetry Saint Francis' calming way of communing with creatures great and small in this celebratory picture book, made all the more joyous by Frampton's (The Whole Night Through) handsome colored woodcuts. Younger readers may be puzzled by the seemingly disjointed sequence of scenes here: Francis shoos away animals, then calls them close; the time-treasured story of the wolf in Gubbio makes a brief appearance (see review below) in the middle of things, as does Francis' re-enactment of the Nativity. However, Frampton's images, featuring the distinctive black outlines of his woodcut technique, and the playful, friendly expressions of both Francis and his animal pals, help to bridge any gaps and create a more cohesive tone. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-Mora's narrative about the Saint and his tender relationships with wild creatures is more poetry than story. The lyrical text describes how Francis speaks with birds, tames a wolf that threatens the people of Gubbio, and re-creates the manger scene with the help of villagers, lambs, an ox, and a donkey. Throughout, the animals sing and call back to him. Some Italian phrases are included, with a translation at the front of the book. The variety of species that populate Frampton's vibrant, detailed two-page woodcuts will delight youngsters. The animals are full of character and personality and emphasize Francis's belief in their gentleness. The fierce wolf turns into a fawning supplicant and a falcon shelters the sleeping man with spread wings. While this book may be more relevant to parochial than secular schools, its message of treating all living things with kindness is universal. Francis's compassion for a worm shows children an example of having respect for even the lowliest of creatures.-Jane Barrer, formerly at Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsStrikingly beautiful woodcuts and an oversized format create a first-rate visual accompaniment to this imaginative story about St. Francis of Assisi. The cover illustration shows a parade of animals following St. Francis, with just his sandal and the bottom of his robe in view, as he seems to stride off the cover's right edge, leading the reader into the story. The lyrical text focuses on St. Francis's affinity with animals and describes him simply as a man who preached and sang with "people and dogs and flowers and fish and frogs." His powerful connection to animals is shown through several encounters: saving a worm, taming a wolf, and sheltering and singing with birds. Though there is no author's note to explain the life of the saint in more detail, this treatment serves well as an introduction to the saint who lived in a down-to-earth fashion. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 4-9)
- Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
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- 3 - 7 Years
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Lovely, as a child's first introduction to St. Francis. The illustrations are beautifully done.