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

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

In Brother Sun, Sister Moon, award-winning author Katherine Paterson reimagines 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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Title:Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures
Author:Katherine Paterson
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0811877345
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:36 pages pages

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

  • Shannon
    Dec 03, 2011
    The cut paper art is amazing -- my students absolutely couldn't believe the illustrations were created from one piece of paper. I loved one of our conversations comparing this book to Never Forgotten. I love my students. ...
  • Jessica
    Nov 04, 2011
    Brother Sun, Sister Moon is a rewriting by Newbery winner Katherine Paterson of St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures. She manages to make it sound like something from the 13th century without using any difficult or outdated words, and it's easy enough to understand. My fav...
  • Michael Fitzgerald
    Oct 10, 2014
    Love the pictures, not crazy about the "reimagined" text, especially the silly "O Lord, the Father and Mother of all creation" bit. It also dumbs things down from the original intent. "Be praised, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whose embrace no living person can escape....
  • Kelly
    May 24, 2011
    I begin this review by stating that I am not now nor have I ever been Roman Catholic. Still, I have quite a soft spot for Saint Francis of Assisi, whom I'm used to seeing in statue forms in gardens. I've read a few of his prayers before, and find them to be the sort of thing I can get ...
  • Kathryn
    Oct 19, 2011
    This is a beautiful picture book that will probably appeal most to religious or spiritual families. Katherine Patterson has "reimagined" St. Francis of Assisi's "Laudes Creturarum" (Praise Song of the Creatures, also known as the Canticle of the Sun) and they are paired with Pamela Dal...
  • Cass
    Jan 31, 2019
    A beautiful book however you look at it. Katherine Patterson has taken the Canticle of the Creatures by Saint Francis of Assisis and, as the title page says, reimagined it in beautiful prose. The words are a beautiful prayer of thankfulness. But what really makes this book stand out ar...
  • Tasha
    Apr 07, 2011
    Acclaimed author, Katherine Paterson has reworked a hymn of praise first said by Saint Francis of Assisi. It praises God for our Brother Sun, Sister Moon, and Sister Stars. Brother Wind and Brother Air are praised for being both harsh and mild. Sister Water is thanked for being life-gi...
  • Shiloah
    May 18, 2019
    Exquisite illustrations and beautiful book on St. Francis of Assisi?s poem/hymn of praise. ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 30, 2018
    This book is a wonder. The paper cut illustrations are exquisite and I really liked Paterson?s spin on the Canticle of the Creatures. ...
  • Linda Lipko
    Jan 07, 2014
    Stunningly beautiful illustrations! What an incredible book, written by two-time Newbery Medal winner for The Bridge over Terabithia and Jacob I Have Loved. Based on St. Francis of Assissi's Canticle of the Creatures, this is a book of purpose, of nature, and of the intertwining of ...
  • Josiah
    Aug 03, 2012
    "We praise you for the ones among us who forgive those who have wronged them in the same spirit as you constantly forgive us. And for those who must bear in this life sickness and trial, we ask for the comfort of your everlasting arms." ?Brother Sun, Sister Moon Whose versio...
  • Beverly
    Mar 14, 2012
    Paterson has done a wonderful job of "reimagining" St. Francis' prayer, in lyrical language. The wonderful illustrations are cut paper painted with watercolors. A lovely, spiritual book. ...
  • Ivan
    Apr 25, 2017
    Gorgeous illustrations coupled with the words of St. Francis of Assisi. What could be lovelier? ...
  • Manybooks
    Jul 11, 2017
    While I can indeed much appreciate Katherine Paterson's Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis' Canticle of the Creatures, her lyrical adaptation of Saint Francis of Assisi's famous 1224 A.D. Canticle of the Creatures, I still do rather wish she had kept closer to the original, I do w...
  • Cheryl
    Nov 17, 2016
    In my opinion, Bill Barrett's translation of the Canticle (given in an appendix) is better than Paterson's adaptation. And the illustrations, while lovely, don't seem extra-special as cut-paper; they just look like water-color to me. I do find it interesting that all the characters, th...
  • Margo Tanenbaum
    Nov 07, 2011
    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...
  • Marcie
    Dec 30, 2011
    I'm not sure about this for public schools, but for public libraries and religious schools it is beautiful. The illustrations and text and whole idea of the book would make for great discussion. Caldecott? ...
  • Set
    Nov 06, 2019
    The Canticle of Brother Sun by one of the most popular Saints in the US, wonderfully illustrated with cut-out pictures on a dark backdrop. ...
  • Kikiok
    Aug 22, 2019
    If you're Christian, the story if fine. You can adapt it as we did to suit or religious beliefs. The art work is beautiful. ...
  • Jo Oehrlein
    Jul 05, 2017
    I didn't realize until the illustrator's note at the end that the illustrations are all papercuts! A lovely re-telling of the Canticle of the Creatures with folk-art style illustrations. Lots of Jan Brett-style details to pause over. ...
  • Jennifer
    Oct 11, 2017
    Nice pictures and Assissi is my favorite saint. But I'm not that well-versed in my saints. ...
  • Eugene LeCouteur
    Jan 15, 2018
    A beautiful illustrated book of St. Francis' Canticle to Brother Sun. The illustrations are well worth the price. A great introduction for children to Francis. ...
  • Julia
    Jun 17, 2018
    2.5 stars Although I?m not Catholic, I often refer to St. Francis of Assisi as my patron saint. He is one of the people I name when asked the cliche question about the people I would invite to my ultimate dinner party. He gets me. This is a great effort to introduce children to h...
  • Stephanie
    Feb 25, 2019
    The illustrations are amazing and beautiful, but the adaptation of this beautiful prayer was disappointing to me and detracted from the book. ...
  • IRIFF
    Dec 22, 2018
    This book is an adaptation of the prayer: The Canticle of the Creatures. Each line of the prayer is displayed on its own beautifully illustrated page. ...
  • Terra
    Jan 15, 2018
    it was okay.... not a bad read just personally wasnt for me ...
  • Diane Wachter
    Jul 26, 2019
    Saint Francis of Assisi, EB-B, OD, @ 2011, read 7/26/19. Illustrated by Pamela Dalton, translated by Bill Barrett from the Umbrian text of the Assisi codex. Juvenile, Christian, Prayers, St. Francis. Short juvenile prayer book praising God for all the wonders he created. Beautifully il...
  • Michelle Ty
    Oct 06, 2017
    Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assissi's Canticle of the Creatures is an extraordinary book to read. This book talks about the elements in the world, along with the planet Earth itself. e.g. Fire and Air. When reading this, this author seemed to be a person of God, and when...
  • Annie MacPherson
    May 29, 2018
    This book is so beautiful! It would make a powerful Thanksgiving prayer. The reiteration in this edition makes the original prayer approachable to a wide audience and emphasizes a reverence for nature and its life-giving, nurturing qualities. The illustrations are done in watercolor on...
  • Abigail
    Jan 19, 2019
    Celebrated children's author Katharine Paterson, who was twice awarded the Newbery Medal for her fiction for young readers, "reimagines" St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures (also known as The Canticle of the Sun) in this lovely picture-book. With praise for all of creatio...