Josephine Nobisso is the author of 17 children's and adult books including Grandpa Loved' and Grandma's Scrapbook'. She lives in Quogue, New York.
A beautiful marriage of author, illustrator, and subject is celebrated in this story of young Francis of Assisi, the saint who cared for animals and the natural world. Young Francis is awake before the rest of his slumbering household and makes his way to the barnyard for milk and eggs for his breakfast. On his way, he encounters a wolf that has been prowling the countryside. Francis knows what to do to ensure a peaceful day. The not factual but appealingly probable story is based on Francis's storied encounter with the wolf of Gubbio. Hyde's work, her first publication in a quarter-century, perfectly captures early morning light in 13th-century Assisi. The bordered paintings are filled with tender detail: birds flapping everywhere, butterflies fluttering like confetti, a cat "snoring at the hearth." This exquisite book will make peaceful family reading. All ages. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
K-Gr 3-Taking liberties with both the history and the mythology of St. Francis of Assisi, Nobisso re-creates an imagined morning in the life of a boy who has within him the makings of a saint. Francis awakes before anyone in his household and, going into the barnyard to secure an egg and some milk for breakfast, he encounters the famed wolf (usually of Gubbio, but here from Assisi). In a moment of wordless communication, he shares his breakfast with her and they walk peacefully home together. The simple narrative is well served by Hyde's paintings. According to the author's postscript, the illustrator took years to achieve the right balance of light for the artwork, and the pictures are indeed compelling. A nicely done addition to collections that emphasize Catholic saints.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.