Saint Francis & the Wolf

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Retold by Jane Langton. Illustrated by Ilse Plume. David R. Godine Publishers, hardback, 229 x 178 mm. 32pp Full colour illustrations.
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Saint Francis was born in 1182, the son of a wealthy merchant. After a swashbuckling youth in Assisi, he had a change of faith and decided to live the life that he ascribed to Jesus, one of poverty and abstinence. He gave away everything he owned. His father disowned him. But over the years he drew to himself a substantial following of men and women and died, revered and beloved, in 1225. Three years later he was canonised as Saint Francis of Assisi by Pope Gregory IX.

This lovely retelling of one of the less known of the Saint Francis lessons centres on the legend of the great wolf of Gubbio, a ferocious canine who terrorised 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.

Jane Langton has retold the legend with her usual lucidity and grace, and Ilse Plume, an Italophile and the illustrator of three previous Godine books, has supplied the rectos with illustrations that glow with the intensity of Renaissance jewellry. A perfect gift for Easter or anyone who embraces the relationship between man and the natural world.

'With a smooth storyteller's pacing and an eye for kid-friendly detail ... children especially will gravitate to this story and its elements of suspense ... [T]he young friar's Dr. Dolittle-like communication with animals also holds much appeal ... [Plume's] delicate lines and sunny watercolour palette depict the flourishing flora, fauna and stone dwellings of the Italian countryside' - Publishers Weekly.


SKU 9781567923209
Barcode # 9781567923209
Brand Godine
Artist / Author Jane LANGTON

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