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Saint Francis of Assisi Hardcover – October 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Tales (October 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937786048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937786045
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 11.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The beloved saint gets colorful treatment from Demi, who retells his biography at length, beginning at the beginning, when Francis was born in a stable in Assisi in 1182. Francis’s early life gets extended treatment, with the depiction of medieval military scenes. Those unfamiliar with the details of Francis’s life—he is credited with beginning the use of a Nativity scene to commemorate Christmas—will find it in edifying visual detail, including Francis’s legendary encounter with the wolf of Gubbio. The narrative can be repetitive, but it provides a great excuse for the compelling visuals. Even the end papers are lavishly illustrated, with parade-like ranks of animals along with the words to Francis’s prayers, including the Canticle of the Sun. As usual, Demi’s mixed-media illustrations feature intricate decorative borders, along with lots and lots of animals. A visual feast and tribute to a Christian figure said to have lived like Jesus. Ages 6–up. (Oct.) (Publishers Weekly)

Saint Francis of Assisi receives lovely drawings by Demi and packs in 56 pages of images and description to offer a retelling of the life story of Francis of Assisi. Christian readers will find this includes all stories and legends about Francis, from his youth to his conversion to poverty and his message, with Demi’s lovely color drawings adding impact and flavor to the tales. Christian collections will find this a lovely introduction for ages 10 and up. (Children’s Bookwatch (Midwest Book Review))

Saint Francis of Assisi was a complex individual who faced many instances of adversity in his life in Italy. In this children’s book, illustrator Demi delivers a retelling of his story, from his birth in 1182 to his participation in war with a neighboring town. The diagrams that accompany the text leave a biblical impression appropriate for this story, with gold frames, clothing, and architecture suggestive of the time period they recap. The story is appropriate for children aged six through ten. (ForeWord Reviews)

This lovely retelling of the life of Saint Francis is accompanied by rich, glowing illustrations reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts of medieval times. Demi, both author and illustrator, has created a book that will delight many of all ages. (Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review)

About the Author

Demi is the award-winning author of over 130 bestselling children’s books. Her titles have sold over half a million copies. The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1990 as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, sponsored by the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Demi’s book Gandhi was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. In addition, she represented the United States at the First International Children’s Book Conference in Beijing, China, in 1992. She lives with her husband in Yarrow Point, WA.

More About the Author

Demi was born in Cambridge, Mass. She studied at the Instituto Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico, at Immaculate Heart College with Sisters Magdalen Mary and Sister Corita in Hollywood, California. She also studied at the M.S. University in Baroda, India, while on a Fulbright Scholarship, as well as the China Institute For Arts in New York City.

Her husband Tze-si Huang introduced her to the religion, folklore, ancient culture, and history of China.

Demi has illustrated and authored more than 300 children's books including biographies of Jesus, Buddha, and the Dalai Lama, as well as folktales such as The Empty Pot and Liang and the Magic Paintbrush. Her work has received many awards and accolades, among them the Christopher Award, which recognizes individuals whose work makes a positive difference in the world, and the Middle
East Book Award. Her titles have been designated American Library Association Notable Children's Books, New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Notable Books for a Global Society, and American Bookseller Pick of the List Books.

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I read this with my young children and truly enjoyed the storyline.
Catholic MegaMom
With Christmas coming this would make a great item to add to your stockings for your family members who are interested in church history.
Curtis A. Cecil
Demi is the world renowned children's author with dozens of bestselling books, and she has another hit with Saint Francis of Assisi.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Basil on October 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just read this book with my children for the first time tonight. As usual with Demi's work, the pictures are gorgeous. The prose are very nice, but some of the historical detail could have been left for an appendix. This would have made the story flow more effectively. Nonetheless, it is a great story and a wonderful teaching tool for children of all ages. My six year old loves it and "gets it." My four year old wanted to switch books about half way through. Then when she noticed some of the pictures on later pages, she wanted to keep going. The pictures really do carry the story forward and set fire to the imagination--just what a good picture book should do.

I would take some issue with the last line which states that Saint Francis of Assisi is the most popular saint after Christ. This is problematic for two main reasons. First of all, I do not think it is correct to classify Jesus as "a saint". Secondly, I do not think that it is factually correct. Even if one were to say that Francis of Assisi is the most popular Christian saint, I do not know that this would be correct. I think Saint Valentine might fit in that category, though admittedly for more secular reasons.

My quibbles about the last line aside, this is a very nice book, beautifully illustrated, typeset and printed and would be a welcome addition to any household seeking to raise children of substance, from whatever tradition they may hail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. VINE VOICE on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Already this week we were reading The Song of Francis and I know from our future reading list that the author/illustrator Demi is one to look for, so I was eager when I saw a new Saint Francis of Assisi by Demi. This is my first experience with Demi and I can understand why so many people will recommend the artwork in these picture books. The colors are absolutely beautiful and the pages of this book are filled with details from the life as a boy through manhood and into death with the well known Saint Francis of Assisi.

Reading through this book there were many details that I did not know about Saint Francis including that our modern day reenactments of the Nativity scene comes from his original idea to go back and focus on the humble beginnings of Christ. So many things can be learned from the pages of this book and it is a gorgeous way for our children to learn about such a historical figure in Christian history.

I read this through an electronic galley, but I am positive in person it will only impress me more. Thanks to the Independent Book Publishers Association for loaning an electronic copy for review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Curtis A. Cecil on September 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lots of books have been written about Saint Francis. This is a new title that tries to help connect with a younger crowd.

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The beloved saint gets colorful treatment from Demi, who retells his biography at length, beginning at the beginning, when Francis was born in a stable in Assisi in 1182. Francis's early life gets extended treatment, with the depiction of medieval military scenes. Those unfamiliar with the details of Francis's life--he is credited with beginning the use of a Nativity scene to commemorate Christmas--will find it in edifying visual detail, including Francis's legendary encounter with the wolf of Gubbio. The narrative can be repetitive, but it provides a great excuse for the compelling visuals. Even the end papers are lavishly illustrated, with parade-like ranks of animals along with the words to Francis's prayers, including the Canticle of the Sun. As usual, Demi's mixed-media illustrations feature intricate decorative borders, along with lots and lots of animals. A visual feast and tribute to a Christian figure said to have lived like Jesus. Ages 6-up. (Oct.) (Publishers Weekly )
About the Author
Demi is the award-winning author of over 130 bestselling children's books. Her titles have sold over half a million copies. The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1990 as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush's Story Time, sponsored by the Children's Literacy Initiative. Demi's book Gandhi was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. In addition, she represented the United States at the First International Children's Book Conference in Beijing, China, in 1992.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on April 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book and I'm going to put in on my nine year old daughter's Kindle Fire and see what she thinks of it. However, from my perspective it spends a lot of time focusing on the miraculous in St. Francis' life and little focusing on his actual deeds and teaching. Still, most of what I just read on Wikipedia about St. Francis made it into the book.

There are large drawings on each page, which are done in such a way as to appear to be framed artwork. While there is not a tremendous amount of writing on any page, the vocabulary is above that generally used in books for young children. At 60 pages I believe it is too long to be read aloud at a single sitting, however there are no chapter breaks or other logical stopping points. Therefore I would recommend it for kids in the 9-12 age group--old enough to read for themselves and to have the necessary vocabulary.

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B
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