Mora’s simple yet graceful retelling of part of the life of St Francis will introduce the saint to young listeners/readers, with the help of a sprinkling of Italian words easy to understand in context, though they are defined in a box of the reverse of the title page. The woodcuts by Frampton continue his long and prolific career illustrating children’s books. The expected angularity and the pervasive blackness of the carved lines are suffused with warm hues. The oversized vertical format provides a luxurious context for the art: single, facing pages with plenty of room for a generous surrounding of white, setting off both text and art.
Author: Pat Mora
Illustrator: David Frampton
Publisher: Eerdmans, 2005
Reviewer: John Warren Stewig, Carthage College