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Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson
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Dec 27, 2011

it was amazing
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Katherine Paterson reimagines St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures. Patterson's text pairs beautifully with Pamela Dalton's stunning cut-paper illustrations.

The end of the book includes The Canticle of the Creatures, and notes from the author and illustrator about creating the work.

Pamela Dalton uses a special cut-paper technique known as "Scherenschnitte"(scissor cuts). All of the illustrations in the book were cut from the same piece of paper, and then painted with water colors. Incredible! However, I was disappointed that all the children looked the same, cute and Germanic. Perhaps it was to highlight the roots of the cut-paper technique, but I would have liked to have seen more racial diversity in the illustrations all the same.
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