Saturday, September 29, 2012

St. Francis of Assisi by Demi

Lots of books have been written about Saint Francis.  This is a new title that tries to help connect with a younger crowd.

Here is what the publisher had to say:


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. She lives with her husband in Yarrow Point, WA.

Originally I received an electronic Kindle version through NetGalley and it just didn't impress.  But true to form of a high class publisher, I received an email asking for a second chance to impress properly.  Before too long I received a printed copy of this book to review.

St. Francis is a figure who has intrigued the masses for generations.  This book is a beautiful rendering of his life story.  The author/Illustrator does a great job at telling the story.  The illustrations appear as if you are looking at a period/medieval time painting of the story which adds a level of authenticity.  

This book is a beautiful piece to give as gifts to young and old.  With Christmas coming this would make a great item to add to your stockings for your family members who are interested in church history.

Thanks to Wisdom Tales for providing a free copy so that I could give an honest evaluation.

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