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We live in world cluttered with sights and sounds. Our eyes and ears are so bombarded, we can become blind and deaf to the natural sights and sounds of God's Creation.
Saint Francis was a man who paid close attention to Creation. As he walked through the woods, he talked to the animals as his "brothers" and "sisters." He called the sun his brother and the moon his sister. Francis used all his senses to help him appreciate God's world. The more he became involved with creatures, the closer he felt to God. Even though some people thought Francis had "gone crazy" nothing could have been further from the truth.
St. Francis could hear the voice of God, which told him that God loved him. Knowing he was loved by God filled Francis with gratitude and happiness.
This book is a look at how this gratitude and happiness led Francis to treat his brother and sister creatures with respect. It offers a vision for the many ways that all of us, humans and creatures and all of Creation, are connected parts of God's world. For the young children with whom you read this book, talking to animals and trees will probably make perfect sense.
Phil Gallery is a writer of four national award-winning children's books that were illustrated by Janet Harlow. Much of the mental part of his writing is accomplished while working on his Christmas tree farm in Augusta, West Virginia. Sibyl MacKenzie was born in Virginia, and lived in England, China and Germany. She studied Chinese watercolor painting under Hsiao Yu Hsien for five years. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in German Literature and has worked for the Federal government as an analyst and speechwriter. Sibyl has exhibited in galleries all over the United States.