Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved and inspirational figures in the history of Christianity. The stunning illustrations of award-winning author, Demi, bring to life the story of this son of a rich merchant, who abandoned all his worldly goods in order to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Inspired by the remarkable example of his holiness, Saint Francis is venerated by millions of Christians around the world, no matter their denomination.
Already this week we were reading The Song of Francis and I know from our future reading list that the author/illustrator Demi is one to look for, so I was eager when I saw a new Saint Francis of Assisi by Demi. This is my first experience with Demi and I can understand why so many people will recommend the artwork in these picture books. The colors are absolutely beautiful and the pages of this book are filled with details from the life as a boy through manhood and into death with the well known Saint Francis of Assisi.
Reading through this book there were many details that I did not know about Saint Francis including that our modern day reenactments of the Nativity scene comes from his original idea to go back and focus on the humble beginnings of Christ. So many things can be learned from the pages of this book and it is a gorgeous way for our children to learn about such a historical figure in Christian history.
I read this through an electronic galley, but I am positive in person it will only impress me more.
*Thanks to the Independent Book Publishers Association for loaning an electronic copy for review through NetGalley.*
Demi is the award-winning author of over 130 bestselling children’s books. Her titles have sold over half a million copies. The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1990 as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, sponsored by the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Demi’s book Gandhi was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. In addition, she represented the United States at the First International Children’s Book Conference in Beijing, China, in 1992. She lives with her husband in Yarrow Point, WA.