St. Francis of Assisi
A Life of Joy
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
- 32 Pages
- September 19, 2023
- ISBN: 9781510778238
- Imprint: Sky Pony Press
- Trim Size: 10in x 10in x 0in
The story of St. Francis of Assisi—the Catholic saint who gave up everything to honor all life on Earth—retold by human rights crusader and public servant Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
He adopted the life of an itinerant preacher and made it his mission to teach about the sanctity of all life on Earth, becoming an advocate of animal rights and environmentalism in a time when even human life often had little value. He gave up all of his wealth and earthly possessions, and turned away from his life of privilege to live with the outcasts in his society.
Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—a father; a devout Roman Catholic; a crusader for clean air and water; an advocate for public health; and a member of a family famous for its dedication to the American people. Kennedy has chosen to retell this saint's classic tales hoping to teach its important messages to children around the world.
"Gr. 2-4. Sharing the middle name of Francis with his father, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. felt especially close to St. Francis while growing up, and the gentle saint continues to play an important part in his personal and family life. Here Kennedy offers a straightforward telling of Francis' life that, nonetheless, seems imbued with the splendor of the saint's mission. As Kennedy notes in his introduction, Francis' life was so full that not everything about it could be included. But his well-told biography, which introduces Francis as a frivolous yet charming King of Youth and follows him to his welcoming "Sister Death," also describes incidents such as Francis' reconciliation with the wolf of Grubbio and his relationship with St. Clare, who started an order of nuns similar to the Franciscan brothers' order. The book is illustrated with full-page, realistic paintings, which, while technically adept, have little sense of wonder or mystery. It's the words (including Francis' Canticle of the Sun on the back cover) that paint the pictures in this book." —Booklist