Happy Holiday Wishes to All Our Readers

An especially beautiful book with ancient words retold by Katherine Paterson —


Canticle of the Creatures BROTHER SUN

Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Pamela Dalton

                  This book is a gift to anyone who reads one page, pauses to take in the wonder of the illustrations, or continues through the book from start to finish…and begins again.

Saint Francis of Assisi wrote the original words praising the wonder of nature were written in 1224.  Katherine Paterson’s adaptation sings out with timely meaning to young and old.  The illustrations by cut-paper artist, Pamela Dalton, are simply stunning.  What a trio – a saint, an award-winning artist (her first children’s book!), and a children’s author whose work has been recognized with Newbery and National Books Awards and who was chosen as our 2010-11 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

“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.”

 This beautiful book is a treasure to share with any-age child.

4 comments for “Happy Holiday Wishes to All Our Readers

  1. Edi
    December 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Happy Holidays to you all as well!

    • December 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Edi, thank you and a special gift of this year is sharing conversations with you about writing and this blog world of children’s literature.

  2. December 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    It is so timely to see this book with the heightened interest in the saint because of Pope Francis. Happy holidays to you, Nancy.

    • December 27, 2013 at 5:22 am

      Certainly it makes me pause to reflect how universal is the desire for peace and true fellowship. I have enjoyed each page of this book and have been surprised how each of my grandchildren have favorite illustrations. Our youngest grandson, just barely two years old, loves to look at the “butterfly page.”

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