Saint Francis's hymn in praise of all creation is one of the great songs of Christianity. Using a modern, sparkling verse translation, Fiona French brings the words into glowing perspective: twelve radiant tableaux inspired by Byzantine mosaics light up verses in praise of Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Wind, Sister Water and the whole universal family created by God, in a gift book for readers young and old.
Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/2-1226) was born Francesco Bernadone, the son of a rich merchant. While a young prisoner-of-war in Perugia he started to experience visions of Christ and in 1210 founded an order of friars known as the Franciscans, who took a vow of poverty. His rejection of the Church's worldliness and his love of nature earned him an enormous following throughout Europe. Music played a large part in his life and Canticle of Brother Sun is his most well-known composition. Fiona French studied Art Education at Croydon College of Art and went on to work as Bridget Riley's assistant. In 1986 she won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Snow White in New York. In 1992 her first book for Frances Lincoln, Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and chosen as a Children's Book of the Year. Pepi and the Secret Names (written by Jill Paton Walsh), was one of Child Education's Best Story Books of 1994 and shortlisted for the 1995 Children's Book Award. She is renowned for her distinctively sharp and colourful illustrations. Her other books for Frances Lincoln are Paradise, Bethlehem and Canticle of the Sun; The Smallest Samurai, Glass Garden, Jamil's Clever Cat, Lord of the Animals and Pepi and the Secret Names.