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Brother Sun, Sister Moon [Hardcover]

Katherine Paterson , Pamela Dalton

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Book Description

May 18 2011
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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811877345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811877343
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 26.1 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Katherine Paterson is a two-time Newbery Medal winner, a two-time National Book Award winner, and the 2010-11 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. She lives in Barre, Vermont.

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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praisworthy reimagination July 22 2011
By Jessica at Cracking the Cover - Published on
One of the most revered religious figures in history, St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals. He loved creatures and nature and urged men to respect both.

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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite picture book for all ages Nov. 7 2011
By M. Tanenbaum - Published on
I'm not Catholic, but I've always had an affinity for the gentle St. Francis, who gave up his life of wealth and privilege in medieval Italy to preach to the poor, taking care of the sick and the needy. He's particularly known for his love of all animals, and his affinity for nature in all its splendor. Renowned children's author Katherine Paterson reimagines his text, The Canticle of the Sun, in this exquisite new picture book illustrated by Pamela Dalton. The text, written in free verse, sings the praise of the Creator, "who by your power and out of your love have/created all things and called them good." The text thanks God for the sun, the moon and stars, the wind, water, fire, and earth, but also praises "courageous brothers and sisters/who offer their lives to the making of peace." Even "Sister Death" is praised, for ushering us into God's loving presence. At the conclusion, Paterson reproduces St. Francis' original text, translated from the Umbrian text of the Assisi codex.

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.

I'm sure this gorgeous picture book will be getting a close look from the Caldecott committee. I highly recommend it to all lovers of picture books, and it would be a particularly lovely book to share with your family at Thanksgiving.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for children... Aug. 20 2011
By Ellen L. Stout - Published on
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My 25 year old daughter found this in a library and was so taken with it I had to purchase it for her...she loved it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! Aug. 30 2011
By Ana Braga-Henebry - Published on
This is one beautifully illustrated book! The text is from Saint Francis' Canticle of Creation, and the illustrations are done by paper cutting using an old German tradition. Do visit the look-inside feature on its Amazon page it is worth it! I have also added the illustrator's next publication The Story of Christmas to my amazon cart! I am thinking this will be a marvelous Christmas gift for a young godchild!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful Jan. 18 2012
By Erin Pietrak - Published on
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I absolutely love this book. The words are beautiful, the illustrations are amazing. The illustrator actually cuts the image from a piece of paper and then paints them. I read this every night to my toddler son. We like looking at the animals and details. The illustrations truly embody the message of St. Francis of Assisi.

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