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Brother Sun, Sister Moon Hardcover – June 1, 2011
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"The combination of her polished poetic text and Ms. Dalton's glorious illustrations reach a sublime height." - New York Journal of Books
"An inspiring modern classic." - Booklist Starred Review
About the Author
Pamela Dalton is a master of scherenschnitte, the art of papercutting. Her artwork has enthralled collectors worldwide for more than two decades. She lives in Ghent, New York, where her home and studio overlook a biodynamic farm and a school community. This is her first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would like to send my gifts (books) in the future to Alberta Canada TOB OXO to my grandsons rather than to me then Canada. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The beautiful artwork is in itself a meditation. This makes a wonderful baby gift, adult gift to one who has had a pet die or for yourself to enjoy in quiet moments. Read morePublished 2 months ago by george holder
I get a Saint Francis illustrated book for my wife every Christmas (she loves animals), we have a few and this one is exceptional. Illustrations are lovely, as is the prayer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ty Hardin
I didn't like this quite as much as the Nativity story by the same illustrator. For me, the illustrations were a bit too busy and not as varied as in the other book.Published 12 months ago by Mama Jo