Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures

Book, 2011, 31 pp
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In 1224, Saint Francis of Assisi wrote a simple hymn of praise that beautifully encompasses all that he experienced in the Italian countryside. Written in the plain Umbrian dialect of his homeland, Francis's words celebrate the breadth of creation, from the sun, moon, wind, and fire to community, family, work, and contemplation.

Almost eight hundred years later, Katherine Paterson reimagines the hymn in poetic language that shares Francis's honest and direct gaze at all aspects of life, and resonates with the joy, light, and shadow found there.

Pamela Dalton's cut-paper illustrations illuminate the text with images that perfectly match the spirit of Saint Francis's song of praise. A balance of stark simplicity and richly hued intricacy, Dalton's artwork brings to life the strength felt in a blast of wind and the delicate beauty of a dragonfly's wing.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon demonstrates respect, love, and wonder for the world we inhabit and offers a stunningly beautiful tribute to nature.

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