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Saint Francis was born in 1182, the son of a wealthy merchant. After a swashbuckling youth in Assisi, he had a change of faith and decided to live the life that he ascribed to Jesus, one of poverty and abstinence. He gave away everything he owned. His father disowned him. But over the years he drew to himself a substantial following of men and women and died revered and beloved in 1225. Three years later he was canonized as Saint Francis of Assisi by Pope Gregory IX. This lovely retelling of one of the lesser known of the Saint Francis lessons centers on the legend of the great wolf of Gubbio, a ferocious canine who terrorized the town and was slowly reducing it to penury and starvation. In nearby Assisi, Brother Francis heard of their plight and came to their rescue. Unbelievingly, the villagers watched from the ramparts as Brother Francis called to the wolf, tamed it with his tenderness, and made it pledge that if the people of Gubbio would care for it, he would do them no harm. He took the pledge and lived in harmony with the citizens of the city until his death. Jane Langton has retold the legend with her usual lucidity and grace and Ilse Plume, an Italophile and the illustrator of three previous Godine books, has supplied the rectos with illustrations that glow with the intensity of Renaissance jewelry. A perfect gift for Easter or anyone who embraces the relationship between man and the natural world.

Review:

"With a smooth storyteller's pacing and an eye for kid-friendly detail, Langton (The Fledgling) retells the legend of how Saint Francis of Assisi used kindness to negotiate peace between the people of Gubbio and the wolf that was terrorizing their village. Though many tales of Francis's good deeds and selfless service are well known, children especially will gravitate to this story and its elements of suspense. Children stay indoors, warned that 'The wolf will gobble you up': the farmer, the miller and the baker, suffering their own hardships from the menacing beast, frantically express their concern for Francis. And the hungry wolf 'licked its chops, dreaming of fat sheep,' while the villagers cower. As a complement to the dramatic tension, the young friar's Dr. Dolittle — like communication with animals also holds much appeal. The book's design goes far in capturing the flavor of Saint Francis's Italy. The font suggests, in a more humble style, the sturdy forms of calligraphy and illuminated letters of the day. On each spread, Plume (The Bremen-Town Musicians) alternates spot illustrations of flowers and plants with slightly larger scenes of Gubbio framed in Renaissance-inspired shapes. Her delicate lines and sunny watercolor palette depict the flourishing flora, fauna and stone dwellings of the Italian countryside. A brief biography of Francis is included, and his 'Canticle of the Sun' appears on the end papers. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781567923209
Author:
Langton, Jane
Publisher:
David R. Godine Publisher
Illustrator:
Plume, Ilse
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Wolves
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Francis
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9.14x7.44x.49 in. .71 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With a smooth storyteller's pacing and an eye for kid-friendly detail, Langton (The Fledgling) retells the legend of how Saint Francis of Assisi used kindness to negotiate peace between the people of Gubbio and the wolf that was terrorizing their village. Though many tales of Francis's good deeds and selfless service are well known, children especially will gravitate to this story and its elements of suspense. Children stay indoors, warned that 'The wolf will gobble you up': the farmer, the miller and the baker, suffering their own hardships from the menacing beast, frantically express their concern for Francis. And the hungry wolf 'licked its chops, dreaming of fat sheep,' while the villagers cower. As a complement to the dramatic tension, the young friar's Dr. Dolittle — like communication with animals also holds much appeal. The book's design goes far in capturing the flavor of Saint Francis's Italy. The font suggests, in a more humble style, the sturdy forms of calligraphy and illuminated letters of the day. On each spread, Plume (The Bremen-Town Musicians) alternates spot illustrations of flowers and plants with slightly larger scenes of Gubbio framed in Renaissance-inspired shapes. Her delicate lines and sunny watercolor palette depict the flourishing flora, fauna and stone dwellings of the Italian countryside. A brief biography of Francis is included, and his 'Canticle of the Sun' appears on the end papers. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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