Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson

While searching the shelves for inspirational picture books, I came across one that left me in awe.  Brother Sun, Sister Moon:Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures truly inspires.  With text reimagined by award-winning children’s author Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Pamela Dalton, this rendering of the centuries-old hymn of praise delivers a moving sentiment with eye-catching artwork.

All blessings are praised, including the weather of Brother Wind, the nourishment of Sister Water, the warmth of Brother Fire and the sustenance of Sister Earth—along with the light of Brother Sun and the stars of Sister Moon.  Courageous brothers and sisters who offer their lives to the making of peace are acclaimed, and the gifts of family, friends, work and play are acknowledged.  Throughout the book animals of the forest and farm are depicted in scenes showing how greatly they enrich people’s lives.

Of particular note are the scissor-cut paper illustrations by Pamela Dalton.  Trees, leaves, plants and crops stand out in relief against a dark background, and painted elements have an almost three dimensional, tromp l’oeil effect.  The beautiful pictures tell a story just as engrossing as the text.

For other youth books about the life and works of St. Francis of Assisi, there is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s St. Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy and The Song of Francis by Tomie DePaola.

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