Synopses & Reviews
While other childrens religious titles focus on Saint Francis of Assisi as an adult, few, if any, have concentrated on the early life of the patron saint of animals and the environment. Stunning illustrations punctuate this beautifully told story of Saint Francis as a boy as he communes with nature and treats even the fiercest of animals—a hungry wolf—with the same compassion he would show his grandmother. In a fearless display of courage, tolerance, and understanding, the young Francis makes peace with the wolf, foreshadowing his teachings of harmony with the world around us and mans duty to protect nature.
"A beautiful marriage of author, illustrator, and subject is celebrated in this story of young Francis of Assisi, the saint who cared for animals and the natural world. Young Francis is awake before the rest of his slumbering household and makes his way to the barnyard for milk and eggs for his breakfast. On his way, he encounters a wolf that has been prowling the countryside. Francis knows what to do to ensure a peaceful day. The not factual but appealingly probable story is based on Francis's storied encounter with the wolf of Gubbio. Hyde's work, her first publication in a quarter-century, perfectly captures early morning light in 13th-century Assisi. The bordered paintings are filled with tender detail: birds flapping everywhere, butterflies fluttering like confetti, a cat 'snoring at the hearth.' This exquisite book will make peaceful family reading. All ages. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Josephine Nobisso is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, including Take It to the Queen, Show; Dont Tell!, and Weight of a Mass. Her titles have earned her Learning Magazines Teachers Choice Award and a citation in Parent Magazine for Best Books of the Year, among numerous other awards. She lives in Westhampton Beach, New York. Maureen Hyde is an artist and a professor at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy.