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Overview Recounts the story of how Francis of Assisi grew from a wealthy schoolboy into a young man who loved fine clothes, a prisoner of war, and the founder of the Franciscans, and retells some of the legends that people tell about his life.
St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, is particularly remembered for his gentle and caring deeds towards his world and those who shared it with him. His vibrant faith inspired many others to follow his example of a life filled with consideration.
Set in the medieval countryside surrounding Assisi, this book invites you to step into his world, beautifully recreated in words and pictures.
From Publishers Weekly Temporin's (Treasury of Angel Stories) soft watercolors mirror the personality of the 14th-century saint Francis of Assisi. Sparse scenes of medieval Tuscany, created with gentle black outlines and a muted palette, refuse to clamor for attention. However, the subtle illustrations can seem incongruous when the subject is Francis's more rowdy and adventure-seeking youth. Well-known vignettes (the sermon to the birds, his taming of the wolf of Gubbio, etc.) are detailed in short, chronological chapters and narrated in descriptive, often flowery prose (He sat pressed into his new saddle, his long coat of chain mail hanging like a dead weight from his shoulders; merry stars sparkled in the sky as the friars sang hymns of praise to the creator of all things). Denham (Stories of the Saints) successfully portrays the tension between Francis and his wealthy merchant father, though the absence of dates, sources and author notes makes it hard for a newcomer to separate fact from legend. Ages 5up. (Apr.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Saint Francis of Assisi by Joyce Denham & Elena Temporin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 04/28/2008 page 137
School Library Journal - 08/01/2008 page 110
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Studio: Paraclete Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.19" Width: 8.49" Height: 0.22" Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2008
Publisher Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN 1557255717 ISBN13 9781557255716
Availability 0 units.
More About Joyce Denham & Elena Temporin
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Review: Saint Francis of Assisi Apr 12, 2008
I recall making a comment recently in conversation to someone who isn't Christian, it went something like this. "You look out at the world and see objects. When I look out my window I marvel at all that God has created." Here is the essence of St. Francis love for all that exists in the world, coming from God, a God of love who as creator made all that our earth holds.
St. Francis joyfully denied all that was his and would be his in the future out of love for God. He lived a poor life, owning nothing, and desiring to give the little that he did have to others. It is the life of the rich man in Scripture who could not divorce himself from all that he owned in reverse. Then after giving all up but life, what joy Francis experienced! What freedom to do the Lord's work was his!
Saint Francis of Assisi was written by Joyce Denham and illustrated by Elena Temporin. It is published by Paraclete Press in Massachusetts. You will find simple, almost childlike illustrations that will spark children and adult imaginations alike. I found particularly beautiful the last pages that showed red poppies grown in the grass.
With clear, easily understood text, the story is laid out in short units that each contain a title as with chapters--but they're not chapters. I recommend taking the time to read this to children so that they can imagine St. Francis' life while looking at Temporin's excellent illustrations. It may get a bit long for young children to sit through in one session, but because of the way the story is presented, you can read a portion and then return later. Or, it may be a good bedtime book--reading one unit each night until finished.
This edition of Saint Francis of Assisi would make an excellent gift for special occasions such as birthdays and church holidays. I recommend it as a gift on the event of a first communion. Although no longer a child, I enjoyed the book too!