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Saint Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy, with Framable Portrait Inside (of St. Francis of Assisi)

Kennedy, Robert Francis, and Kennedy, Robert F, Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0786818751 / ISBN 13: 9780786818754
Published by Hyperion Books for Children, 2005
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Illustrated paper over boards. 32 p. Color illustrations from paintings. Reinforced binding. Audience: General/trade. SIGNED by author, Robert F Kennedy Jr. on title page. In his introductory note, Kennedy writes that St. Francis is "a kind of patron saint for my family, " and grew up with Franciscan iconography in their home. Lessons from his parents to himself and his 10 siblings taught "courage, sacrifice, generosity and love for the poor." He and his wife, he said, recite the prayer of Saint Francis together with their children at bedtime. Recreated here are images of Italy near the start of the 13th century. In his time, Kennedy adds, Francis was ecumenical, praised by both Christians and Muslims. Beautifully illustrated, with color plates and attention to fine typography. Jacket has raised print main title. A family-oriented book, suggested ages are 5-9. Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Slight jacket wear, appears unread. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.81280003986

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Title: Saint Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy, with...

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard cover

Illustrator: Nolan, Dennis (Artwork by).

Edition: First edition. 2nd printing..

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He turned away from his life of wealth and privilege to live with lepers, the "untouchables" of his society. He preached the idea of the sanctity of all life, becoming an advocate of animal rights and environmentalism in a time when even human life often had little value. He found joy in owning nothing, and giving everything away. He was story of Saint Francis of Assisi and the story of his life is inspiring and radical. And now more than ever, it bears important messages for American children living in a culture of casual abundance and waste. Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.-a father, a devout Roman Catholic, a crusader for clean air and water, and a member of a family famous for its dedication to public service. It is no wonder, then, that this saint's story should resonate so powerfully with him. Mr. Kennedy has retold Francis's story as a lesson and inspiration for his own children-and for children everywhere.

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is a lawyer with the Pace University environmental clinic, and is well known for his dedication to activism. He has written two books for adults, and two other books for children,St. Francis of Assisi: A Live of Joy and Joshua Chamberlain and the American Civil War. He lives with his wife and children in Westchester County, New York.

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