"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

12/5/14

Perfect Picture Book Friday:Brother Sun, Sister Moon

I'm joining with the delightful Susanna Leonard Hill today, sharing a fun picture book I encountered last week for Perfect Picture Book Friday. Thanks, Susanna, for giving us a place to share our favorite picture books! (Check out her ever-expanding list of perfect picture books here - and check out what she, and several others, are adding to the list here at her blog)

I had intended to post this last week, the day after Thanksgiving, because of the gratefulness theme. But last week completely got away from me, so here we go.

Title: Brother Sun, Sister Moon: St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures

Author: "reimagined by" Katherine Paterson

Illustrator: Pamela Dalton

Publisher: Handprint Books, 2011

Age Range: 4-6 years

Theme/Topics: Gratitude, Prayer, Nature

First Page/Spread: "We come to sing a song of praise to you, O God, the Lord of Heaven and Earth, who by your power and out of your love have created all things and called them good."

Synopsis: In Brother Sun, Sister Moon, award-winning author Katherine Paterson re-imagines a hymn of praise originally written by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1224. Illuminated with the exquisite illustrations of cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton, this picture book offers a stunningly beautiful tribute to nature.

Resources: The original prayer/canticle is included in the back of the book to look at. There are some activities related to St. Francis of Assisi at this site. Most nature-related activities would also work, including looking through the gorgeous paper-cut illustrations for specific plants or animals.

Why I LOVE it: The language is absolutely gorgeous, as are the pictures. The prayer itself is just lovely and peaceful.And the whole idea of praising the Lord for nature warmed me - especially at this time of year. It is a lovely story to share about thankfulness (yes - last Friday would have been better - right?)

Hope you'll give this book a look - and check out the OTHER perfect picture books for today at Susanna's blog - and Susanna's ever-growing list of wonderful picture books.


My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

16 comments:

  1. What a beautiful choice today. That cover really engages you so I imagine beautiful illustratioons. I also love the focus on nature!

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    1. ALL the illustrations are beautiful like that cover - truly. I loved just about everything about this one - thanks for stopping by, Patricia!

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  2. I remember seeing a movie years ago based on this story. What a gentle, peaceful book to reflect on during the Christmas season!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jarm. I think I might have seen something about the movie when I was googling the book to get the cover pic. And who doesn't need peace this time of year. :) I appreciate you stopping by!

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  3. I'm very much looking forward to reading this beautiful book - thanks for posting!

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    1. It really is beautiful, Julie - thanks for stopping by. I'm sure you will enjoy it!

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  4. Oo, it is lovely to see a new version of this. Thanks, Joanna.

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    1. You're very welcome - thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I really love the illustrations in this book! Quite unique! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome - I love them too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I've always loved this story. The cover looks gorgeous. Thanks for reminding me about this story.

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    1. You're quite welcome, Sue - I had never heard of it :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Lovely book and at just the right time of year too. Beautiful choice, thanks.

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    1. It is lovely :) Thanks for stopping by, Diane!

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  8. LOVE the sound of this book and have read a middle grade novel by that name which was so good. Glad this came out as a picture book. :)

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    1. OH - I may have to pick up that middle grade and give it a look. Thanks for stopping by!

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