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5.0 out of 5 stars Praisworthy reimagination
One of the most revered religious figures in history, St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals. He loved creatures and nature and urged men to respect both.

In "Brother Sun, Sister Moon," by Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Pamela Dalton, one of St. Francis' hymns of praise, "Canticle of the Creatures" is reimagined.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, terrible formatting
I bought the Kindle version of this book, and while Pamela Dalton's illustrations are wonderful and Katherine Paterson's poetry is engaging, the formatting for the digital version of this book doesn't allow you to see the illustrations hardly at all! Even on the maximum zoom level, the pictures take up maybe a quarter of the screen. I could understand if this was a...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praisworthy reimagination, July 22, 2011
This review is from: Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Hardcover)
One of the most revered religious figures in history, St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals. He loved creatures and nature and urged men to respect both.

In "Brother Sun, Sister Moon," by Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Pamela Dalton, one of St. Francis' hymns of praise, "Canticle of the Creatures" is reimagined.

First written in 1224, the hymn celebrates creation. Here, Paterson takes the Umbrian text and turns it into a poem true to St. Francis' original intent.

One cannot help but feel thankful as they read the text. It perfectly illustrates the beauty that surrounds us. And the accompanying illustrations aren't too shabby either. In fact, they're beautiful.

Each of Dalton's amazingly intricate illustrations is cut from one continuous piece of paper. They are so complex that they stand alone, and they work perfectly in concert with Paterson's text.

A nice addition to the book is the translation of St. Francis' "The Canticle of the Creatures." This is one book you will not only want to own, but share with visitors to your home as well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite picture book for all ages, November 7, 2011
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M. Tanenbaum (Claremont, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Hardcover)
I'm not Catholic, but I've always had an affinity for the gentle St. Francis, who gave up his life of wealth and privilege in medieval Italy to preach to the poor, taking care of the sick and the needy. He's particularly known for his love of all animals, and his affinity for nature in all its splendor. Renowned children's author Katherine Paterson reimagines his text, The Canticle of the Sun, in this exquisite new picture book illustrated by Pamela Dalton. The text, written in free verse, sings the praise of the Creator, "who by your power and out of your love have/created all things and called them good." The text thanks God for the sun, the moon and stars, the wind, water, fire, and earth, but also praises "courageous brothers and sisters/who offer their lives to the making of peace." Even "Sister Death" is praised, for ushering us into God's loving presence. At the conclusion, Paterson reproduces St. Francis' original text, translated from the Umbrian text of the Assisi codex.

Pamela Dalton's exquisite scherenschnitte, or paper cut illustrations, are created, according to her website, in the tradition of early American paper cutting popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch country in the early 19th century. Each piece is first sketched freehand, and then cut by hand from a single piece of paper before being hand colored. The delicacy and intricacy of her work is incredible, and merits many hours poring over her illustrations, which are set on a black background. They capture the every day world of a by-gone era, with adorable children gathering the harvest surrounded by kindly animals, birds, leaves, and flowers. Even the illustration of death is resplendent with life, with dozens of colorful butterflies erupting over the page.

I'm sure this gorgeous picture book will be getting a close look from the Caldecott committee. I highly recommend it to all lovers of picture books, and it would be a particularly lovely book to share with your family at Thanksgiving.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for children..., August 20, 2011
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My 25 year old daughter found this in a library and was so taken with it I had to purchase it for her...she loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, August 30, 2011
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This is one beautifully illustrated book! The text is from Saint Francis' Canticle of Creation, and the illustrations are done by paper cutting using an old German tradition. Do visit the look-inside feature on its Amazon page it is worth it! I have also added the illustrator's next publication The Story of Christmas to my amazon cart! I am thinking this will be a marvelous Christmas gift for a young godchild!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful, January 18, 2012
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Erin Pietrak (Catskill, NY, USA) - See all my reviews
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I absolutely love this book. The words are beautiful, the illustrations are amazing. The illustrator actually cuts the image from a piece of paper and then paints them. I read this every night to my toddler son. We like looking at the animals and details. The illustrations truly embody the message of St. Francis of Assisi.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Book!, September 4, 2011
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This has become one of my favorite little books in my collection. I love Saint Francis and the beautiful, Medieval city of Assisi and this book brings them both to light in a most charming fashion. The cut paper illustrations create their own world and invite the viewer into it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, January 8, 2012
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Brother Son, Sister Moon is an magnificent interpretation of St. Francis of Assisi's famous prayer, Canticle of the Creatures. The artwork is gorgeous. My favorite passage is, "We praise you that in this world of hatred and war, you still give us courageous brothers and sisters who offer their lives to the making of peace. They are indeed your beloved children." This book would make a wonderful Baptism or First Communion gift, and is a perfect, gentle story to read at bedtime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully illustrated version of this prayer, February 6, 2012
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This book is charming and the illustrations are warm and colorful papercuttings. The revision of wording is appropriate for children, but the book would be a lovely gift for any aged child or adult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Prayer, February 24, 2012
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Paul A. Byrnes (Appalachian Hillbilly) - See all my reviews
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This is a lovely prayer that St. Francis of Assisi wrote. It is ornamented with such lush imaagery that the pictures themselves lifted me up to God.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, terrible formatting, March 31, 2013
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I bought the Kindle version of this book, and while Pamela Dalton's illustrations are wonderful and Katherine Paterson's poetry is engaging, the formatting for the digital version of this book doesn't allow you to see the illustrations hardly at all! Even on the maximum zoom level, the pictures take up maybe a quarter of the screen. I could understand if this was a cheap book, but the Kindle version is like ten dollars, and this level of bad formatting is just unacceptable for that price.
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