Saint Francis And The Nativity by Myrna A. StrasserSaint Francis And The Nativity by Myrna A. Strasser

Saint Francis And The Nativity

byMyrna A. StrasserIllustratorFausto Bianchi

Hardcover | September 26, 2010

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"At that moment, Brother Francis laid a figure of baby Jesus in the manger bed."Where did the tradition of displaying a manger scene come from? Find out in Saint Francis and the Nativity, an engaging story that weaves together the history of the first nativity with the fictional story of Mario, a young shepherd boy, who helps Saint Francis of Assisi find a way to visually display the true meaning of Christmas.Children will love the beautiful illustrations and the suggested family activities that accompany this sweet story.
Myrna Strasser lived in East Moline, Illinois, and memories of times spent with her family inspired many of her writings. She was a full-time announcer at WDLM, a broadcast ministry of Moody Bible Institute. Before moving into radio, Myrna was a high school history and speech teacher for twenty years.Fausto Bianchi was born on Lake C...
Title:Saint Francis And The NativityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11.25 × 8.88 × 0.38 inPublished:September 26, 2010Publisher:ZonderkidzLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310708907

ISBN - 13:9780310708902


Editorial Reviews

Books about Saint Francis for kids usually center on his mystical relationship with animals and nature.This one, however, is about an event in his life that should have equal interest: his creation of the firstNativity scene. Framed in the fictional tale of a young shepherd named Mario, Strasser's story beginswhen the boy helps Francis load his cart of supplies. A friendship forms, and it is a remark by Mario, whowishes he could have seen the night of Jesus' birth, that gives Francis an idea. While Francis is gettingpermission from the church, Mario finds the perfect cave in which to enact the holy night. The fictionalframework for the story does not mesh as seamlessly as it might with the facts, but the addition of Mariodoes bring a child's perspective to the tale. The full-bleed illustrations, whose glow is reminiscent ofstained glass, offer a delicate young shepherd and saint, and they capture the wonderment of both a specialnight and its first recreation. A good choice for Christmas shelves.