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The Song of Francis Hardcover – February 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (February 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039925210X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252105
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—This simple narrative introduces St. Francis to a younger audience than dePaola's Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi (Holiday House, 1982). Francis, the "Little Poor One," is lonely and has no one to hear his song about God's love. An angel tells him to sing anyway and soon Francis's song draws Brother Sun and Sister Moon, and the angels and birds come to listen. dePaola's tropical-hued collages convey the magic of this religious interpretation in an appealing way. Particularly charming are the cherubic angels and beatific faces of the sun and moon. Preschoolers will be drawn to the spread depicting a rainbow of birds flocking to St. Francis. A joyful addition to public and religious collections.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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From Booklist

Venerable author-illustrator dePaola has written about St. Francis before, in Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi (1982). This book is for a younger audience, and its purpose isn’t to give information about the man but rather to give a sense of him, particularly his love of life and his affinity for God’s creatures. Although nowhere does the book allude to the “Canticle of the Sun,” Francis’ ode to the natural world, this seems to be the basis for the book; Francis sings about Brother Sun and Sister Moon and invites the birds to “come and bless the Lord, because the Lord loves you.” The collage art, which has both charm and power, uses marker-colored papers to make birds, trees, and a bevy of curly-haired angels. In one exhilarating two-page spread, angels and birds intermingle, flying through the sky, as the brown-frocked Francis seems to lead them in song. An author’s note would have helped put Francis in context, but most children will be happy simply to soak up the joy. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

"Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his ""singular attainment in children's literature,"" the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his ""continued distinguished contribution,"" and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition for his books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association

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Francis was a gentle monk who was "so filled with the love of God that he wanted to sing, to tell everyone how much God loved them." He looked to the sky, he looked contemplatively down to the ground and when he glanced upward he saw a little winged angel. Apart and aside from this little angel, who never seemed to leave his side, there was no one else around. It was kind of a lonesome life to lead, but the angel told him that he should sing because his voice would be heard. Surely the "loving God" would hear him. Francis spread his arms, pursed his lips and began to sing.

The ever shining Brother Sun and soulful Sister Moon moved in turn across the sky to listen to Francis sing. He lifted his hand toward a white bird and sang, "Birds of the air, come and bless the Lord, because the Lord loves you." Birds of all colors began to fill the sky, joining one another in a tree to join him in song. The sounds and sights were so enchanting that even the "angels came to see and listen." The birds and the angels filled the sky underneath the sun and the moon in their turns as Francis lifted his arms to the skies in song and prayer. As with all things, it becomes quiet and it is time for Sister Moon to come out again . . .

This is a beautiful, peaceful book that reflects the love Saint Francis of Assisi had for all living creatures, including little children. The illustrations are very colorful, vibrant and capture the joyful spirit of the book. It is an unusual book in that is just radiates God's love, something I feel the author wanted to impart to the reader. This lovely little book would be a perfect cuddle up, bedtime book that many will want to read just before tucking their little one into bed. Look, here comes Sister Moon . . .
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This is an uplifting book with whimsical illustustrations that are great to also do arts and crafts of some of the pictures. I didn't care that it didn't focus as much on the biography part since the children are so young. Great service, delivery.
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Great book for preschoolers. Explains in a simple way why St. Francis was so special and offers lessons in color concepts. Great book for October 4th the feast of St. Francis.
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Decent enough to learn reading off repetitive sentence structure, but not a terribly interesting story and quickly lost my daughter's interest.
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This book has fun illustrations, but not much of a story. I love Tome de Paola, but this one isn't one of his best.
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