by Nancy Bo Flood on December 8, 2013

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BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON: Canticle of the Creaturesreimagined by Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Pamela Dalton (Chronicle Books, 2011)

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 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 Book 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.

Congratulations to Lois B . of Missisippi. Your copy of Brother Sun, Sister Moon is on its way! We’re giving away one free copy! Leave a comment or email us at readerkidz (at) readerkidz (dot) com to enter and put “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” in the subject line. Please also include your name and mailing address.

Linda Boyden December 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

Oh, Nancy, thanks so much for this review, and so bringing this book to my attention. The cover art is simply captivating. I know the text must be top-notch. Katherine Paterson never disappoints. I look forward to reading it.

Lois Bartholomew December 9, 2013 at 10:32 am

Just looking at the cover makes one want to grab this book and share it with a child. Yes, Nancy, thanks for bringing this book to our attention.

Nancy Bo Flood December 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

This is a beautiful book and this is a wonderful opportunity to say happy holidays. What a special gift this of getting to know you – and share time at USBBY with Katherine Paterson as one of the speakers. I shall put your name in the “hat” for this book give-away. Nancy

Nancy Bo Flood December 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

What a pleasure to bring this book to reader’s attention – it is stunning – words and images. Lois, I shall add your name to the “give-away” hat! Happy Holidays.

Palma Lindsay December 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

What an inspiration this book will be to my class, my daughter, and to me.
My class will love the sweet story. My daughter, an amazing art student, hopes to illustrate children’s books when she graduates from college. She has asked for several children’s books for Christmas. And me; my favorite saint is St. Francis of Assisi. 🙂

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