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The Holy Twins [Hardcover]

By Kathleen Norris (Author)
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Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.31" Width: 9.28" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   1.07 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2001
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  4-8
ISBN  0399234241  
EAN  9780399234248  

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Item Description...
Kathleen Norris, acclaimed author of The Cloister Walk, offers a moving text to accompany beloved artist Tomie dePaola's strikingly beautiful frescolike paintings in the dramatic and inspiring story of two miraculous, yet very human siblings. The twins, Benedict and Scholastica, grew up as lively best friends in northern Italy, but their paths diverged when it became time for them to enter adulthood. Benedict's life was filled with dramatic moments and miracles as he grew into an important spiritual leader. Scholastica lived a quieter life, but she remained a strong influence on her brother as he developed the Rule of St. Benedict, which guides the Benedictine order to this day. Kathleen Norris lives in Lemmon, South Dakota and Honolulu, Hawaii. Tomie dePaola lives in New London, New Hampshire.

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More About Kathleen Norris

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kathleen Norris is the award-winning, bestselling author of The Cloister Walk and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, among others. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, in various anthologies, and in her own three volumes of poetry. She divides her time between South Dakota and Hawaii.

Kathleen Norris currently resides in the state of South Dakota. Kathleen Norris was born in 1947.

Kathleen Norris has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 40-Day Journey
  2. Dakotas
  3. Embracing
  4. Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality
  5. Pitt Poetry (Paperback)

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Review of Tomie dePaola's The Holy Twins  Mar 3, 2008
This is an excellent book on these two formidable Saints that shaped much of Catholic History at the time of their lives. Classic Tomie dePaola style, a must have for any picture book library!
Good way to teach the faith  Dec 5, 2007
I bought this book for my nephew who is 10. He goes to a Catholic school. However his parents do not seem very religious or devout. I am trying to help teach the faith to my nephew and nieces in subtle form. Since the artwork is done by Tomi Depaola, this book will go over nicely. The content is good. Just a tad dry. This is where the artwork will help.
Great Book About Great Saints  Apr 10, 2007
We love it. We always love Tomie De Paola books. His illustrations are wonderful to look at and the text is easy to understand.
I don't want to repeat what has been said by the reviewers listed below my review or the other statements made by the professional reviewers. I would agree with most of what they have said. I do want to say that I believe that this book is one which will be appreciated by both children and adults given the reasons stated elsewhere on this book's page. I also want to point out that while there are few words about Scholastica, the pictures in the book show her as a novice, being accepted into the community and being sent out with other nuns from one foundation to begin another monastery, being chosen of the abbess for it. These pictures are included on the same pages that are portraying Benedict's life and relate to what is happening in Scholastica's life at the same time period as what is being written about which is happening in Benedict's life.
Saints preserve us  Apr 27, 2004
I read my first Kathleen Norris book, "Dakota: A Spiritual Geography", in a Humanities class in 1996. Little did I know then that the adept writer would pop up later in my life with the book, "The Holy Twins". Examining the lives of St. Benedict and Scholastica from childhood to their deaths, the book is a careful examination of the path to spiritual enlightenment. To me, this book falls firmly into the category of picture-books-for-adults. The book is a spiritual journey, one that could easily bore children but that contains enough life and verve within its pages to retain interest amongst the older crowd. Illustrated by Tomie de Paola, the book is also bound to garner some interest amongst the "Strega Nona" fans as well.

The story follows the twins, Benedict and Scholastica. As children they played together in the hills of northern Italy. As time passed, however, they were separated and went their different ways. Scholastica joined a convent and Benedict studied, eventually becoming a holy man of sorts. The book mostly examines Benedict and his life, from one near poisoning to another. When the siblings are united their personalities haven't changed much since their days as children and they still react to one another similarly. In the end, Scholastica is the first to pass away and Benedict decrees that he be buried with his twin when he too dies. An author's note at the end (also accompanied by de Paola's illustrations) explains the rule of St. Benedict and gives some additional information about how Benedict influenced monasteries for centuries to come.

As I mentioned before, I personally can't see the little ones put to bed with this as their bedtime story. Certainly the words are simple enough but there's a sophistication to the plot and language that suits an adult reader better. That and the fact that not a whole lot happens in this tale. The book's exceeding interest in Benedict who, as the book itself notes was, "extremely strict and demanding of the monks", and others, is baffling. Why not give us more of a glance on the life of Scholastica? This character obviously has a sense of humor but one minute she's a girl entering a convent and the next she's greeting her grey-haired twin brother. Why the lapse? Benedict's preferential treatment belies the title of the book that would have suggested the tale told the stories of both the characters. Alas that this is not the case.

No objection could possibly ever be made to de Paola's illustrations, by the way. He is just as talented today as he was when he first began illustrating. The use of distance and multiple actions taking place on a single page is impressive. All in all, the tale is given a respect and dignity that a lesser illustrator might have squandered. Such is the beauty of a de Paola book.

Should you wish to teach the tale of two saints from birth to death, this is a good resource to have. But for fun recreational reading, I direct you to look elsewhere. It's a great book, but dry at times and skimpy on the details at others. Altogether an interesting effort.


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