Two cousins, Gianna and Lorenzo, are left in the care of their great uncle, Brother Antonio, a Franciscan friar living in Assisi, for the day while their parents visit a winery. Neither cousin wants to be with the other, and the day threatens to turn into a fiasco until Brother Antonio comes up with a game for them to play: They will discover the places where St. Francis lived and worked.
Children will learn about both St. Francis and Assisi in this lovely tale for children ages 5-8, illustrated with the warmth and colors of the Italian countryside. As Gianna and Lorenzo lose themselves in the game, they come to better understand the qualities that marked St. Francis: humility, gentleness, kindness, simplicity, and love. In turn, the cousin’s relationship is mended as they come to see the good in each other.
Amy Welborn is the author of many books on spirituality, catechesis, and apologetics. She has been published in the New York Times, First Things, and Commonweal, and is a regular contributor to Living Faith. Her books for children include: The Loyola Kids’ Book of Saints, Friendship with Jesus, Be Saints! and A Child’s Book of Psalms. Her most recent book is Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing. Ann Kissane Engelhart is a watercolor artist, illustrator and educator. She has worked with Amy Welborn to produce the children’s books, Friendship with Jesus, Be Saints!, and Bambinelli Sunday. Her portraits, still-life and landscape paintings are featured in galleries and private collections. She lives in New York with her husband and children.