Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, February 13, 2012

Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures

In 1224, Saint Francis of Assisi wrote a hymn praising the natural elements that come together to create a world that serves us all.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures reimagined by Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Pamela Dalton is one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens' Books of 2011.

This retelling of Saint Francis's original clearly outlines the aspects of nature that mankind has used to prosper and how their unique properties are to thank in each of our lives in a simple, lyrical language.  The message is communicated in a way that even the youngest listeners will appreciate and understand.  The illustrations are evocative of woodcuttings of the middle ages.  The laws of realism are bent to portray multiple settings in one spread, stacked atop one another like a medieval tapestry.  The small details in each panel are fun to search out, and the overall affect is a wholesome, pure classic.  A translation of the original hymn and sources are included at the end of the book for those wishing to delve deeper.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures is published by Chronicle Books and retails for $17.99 (hardcover).  I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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