Celebrates both known and unknown saints, including Francis and Benno, who are known for their special bond with animals and the inspiring tasks they performed through poetic text and rich illustrations.
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Cynthia Zarin is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
She is the author of several books of poetry and four picture books for children: Rose and Sebastian; What Do You See When You Shut Your Eyes?; Wallace Hoskins, the Boy Who Grew Down; and Albert, the Dog Who Liked to Ride in Taxis. She lives with her family in Manhattan.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3–5—Inspired by Margaret Ward Cole's classic book of the same title, Zarin retells 10 stories that chronicle the interactions of holy men and women with an eclectic menagerie of wild creatures. Saint Canice befriends a patient stag that allows him to use its antlers as a bookstand, Saint Jerome champions a misunderstood lion, and Saint Brendan is rescued at sea by a great whale. Two women are represented: Saint Hilda saves her fellow sisters from an influx of snakes, and Saint Werburge prevents a flock of greedy geese from gobbling up all of the seeds planted in farmland. The majority of the tales are set in ancient England or Ireland. Written in the conversational style of a storyteller, the selections contain lovely descriptions of the natural settings in which the saints and the animals coexist, but in moments of extreme emotion they tend to be slightly overwritten. Each legend is accompanied by a somber charcoal illustration depicting the saint and the featured animal, framed by a decorative border. Brief biographies appear at the end of the volume. Brother Wolf, Sister Sparrow: Stories about Saints and Animals (Holiday House, 2003), retold by Eric A. Kimmel, is a similar, but more colorful, collection that also includes the feast day, emblem, and country of origin for each saint.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Book Description Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11068985031X
Book Description Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 068985031X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1828062