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Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi [Paperback]

By Tomie dePaola (Author)
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Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.05" Width: 8.41" Height: 0.15"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1990
Publisher   Holiday House
Age  4-8
ISBN  0823408124  
EAN  9780823408122  

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The beloved saint's remarkable life is re-created through vignettes. An ALA Notable Book. Introduction, historical note, list of dates.

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Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola ( is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Tomie dePaola currently resides in New London, in the state of New Hampshire. Tomie dePaola was born in 1934.

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Another homerun by DePaola  Jan 18, 2008
Longish, wordy book for DePaola, that may not be the best bedtime book (for a three year old) because of its length. But, as usual, the author's wonderful illustrations and attention to detail in re-telling stories is much appreciated. I am no Francis scholar, but I'd say it's in keeping with what we know to be factually and spiritually true about the Poverello. A must have for fans of DePaola and parents interested in teaching their children about this great saint.
The Simple Poor Man of Assisi  Nov 26, 2005
As with all of Tomie de Paola's books for children, the story and the artwork are well worth reading and enjoying. While it is geared for children 4-8 years old (with the older being able to read it for themselves) adults can also enjoy her books in general and this book in particular. The watercolor pictures done in deep earth tones is a delight to the eyes and covers all of one of each two facing pages. While this book focuses on St. Francis, it also talks about St. Clare to a lesser degree.
From the cover of this book you can read "Mr. de Paola's lifelong ambition has been to bring the story of St. Francis to people of all ages and cultures. Drawing on his extensive artistic background, primary source material, and two trips to Assisi, he has finally made this dream come true." About his book Tomie states " have tried to give you at least a glimpse of their [Francis' and Clare's] lives; a glimpse into the essential Franciscan spirit - simplicity, joy, the love of nature, and the love of Lady Poverty."
Thus you will get the usual parts of his life - his:
being captured in battle,
being called by Jesus' to "rebuild my church"
taking his father's money to give to the priest
repairing the church of San Damiano, San Pietro and what would be known as the Portiuncula
publicly separating from his father
joyful celebrating his new life
being joined by others
going before the pope and having his community blessed
preaching to the birds
befriending the wolf of Gubbio
staging the first live Christmas creche
meeting with St. Clare
receiving the stigmata, and finally,
having his brothers sing the song to the sun at his death.
It also tells of St. Clare and her:
sisters and mother joining her in community
blessing the meal and how "suddenly on every loaf a cross appeared".
But it also tells other stories not normally told - his:
needing to be born in a barn
prophecy about himself received from a beggar
first non-religious follower - Jacopa de Settesoli.
Memorable!  Jan 13, 2003
I was looking for a book that would teach children as well as entertain them, and I was skeptical that I would find one that did both. Tomie DePaola is an absolute winner! The stories are complete, rather than abbreviated as so many children's stories are. He gives the children credit for being able to appreciate and understand the complex stories of St. Francis's life. The account of when Francis renounced his father was depicted completely, but respectful. His remarkable illustrations are helpful as well. In a time when we need to be teaching simplicity, this is the book to read to your children! If you love this book, I would also recommend his book on St. Patrick!
Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi  Apr 11, 2000
For anyone who is a fan of Tomie DePaola and wants to teach children about St. Francis of Assisi this is a terrific book. I have read this book to my children, to my religious education class and shared it with adults studying the spirituality of St. Francis. It appeals to both children and adults. Children love the stories and adults are inspired by how Mr. DePaola brings St. Francis to life. He took the time not only to research the text of the book but also the illustrations. He actually drew St. Francis from the likeness painted by the artist who knew him. It's a must have for those who celebrate St. Francis Day.

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