Langton, Jane Saint Francis and the Wolf

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Saint Francis and the Wolf

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This lovely retelling of one of the lesser known tales of Saint Francis centers on the legend of the great wolf of Gubbio, a ferocious canine who terrorized the town and was slowly reducing it to penury and starvation. In nearby Assisi, Brother Francis heard of their plight and came to their rescue. Unbelievingly, the villagers watched from the ramparts as Brother Francis called to the wolf, tamed it with his tenderness, and made it pledge that if the people of Gubbio would care for it, he would do them no harm. He took the pledge and lived in harmony with the citizens of the city until his death.

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Jane Gillson Langton was an American writer and author of children's literature and mystery novels. Langton was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied astronomy at Wellesley College and the University of Michigan, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1944. She received an M.A. in art history from the University of Michigan in 1945, and another M.A. from Radcliffe College in 1948. She studied at the Boston Museum School from 1958 to 1959. Ilse Plume is a collector and illustrator of children's songs and folktales from around the world. Her first book, The Bremen-Town Musicians, was a Caldecott Honor book for 1981. She has since created many other beautiful works including The Farmer in the Dell and The Twelve Days of Christmas (both published by Godine), and has illustrated books by Nancy Willard and Charlotte Zolotow.

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With a smooth storyteller's pacing and an eye for kid-friendly detail, Langton (The Fledgling) retells the legend of how Saint Francis of Assisi used kindness to negotiate peace between the people of Gubbio and the wolf that was terrorizing their village. Though many tales of Francis's good deeds and selfless service are well known, children especially will gravitate to this story and its elements of suspense. Children stay indoors, warned that The wolf will gobble you up: the farmer, the miller and the baker, suffering their own hardships from the menacing beast, frantically express their concern for Francis. And the hungry wolf licked its chops, dreaming of fat sheep, while the villagers cower. As a complement to the dramatic tension, the young friar's Dr. Dolittle-like communication with animals also holds much appeal. The book's design goes far in capturing the flavor of Saint Francis's Italy. The font suggests, in a more humble style, the sturdy forms of calligraphy and illuminated letters of the day. On each spread, Plume (The Bremen-Town Musicians) alternates spot illustrations of flowers and plants with slightly larger scenes of Gubbio framed in Renaissance-inspired shapes. Her delicate lines and sunny watercolor palette depict the flourishing flora, fauna and stone dwellings of the Italian countryside. A brief biography of Francis is included, and his Canticle of the Sun appears on the end papers. All ages. (Oct.)
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