Saint Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy
Canticle of the Sun: Saint Francis of Assisi
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
The Good Man of Assisi
Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi
But I want to especially highlight my personal favorite book on the man, called Clare and Francis. I don't think I can sing the praises of illustrator Bimba Landmann enough. I first discovered her with the excellent book: A Boy Named Giotto, and have since placed all her titles on my wish list. She is such a unique artist for children: color, beauty, and a hint of eerie grace all her pictures. I am so glad she didn't let her teacher act as a killjoy for her: I decided to become an illustrator when I was a child.
"I think I was about ten years old, or maybe less. I went on a school visit to a museum where there were a lot of ancient illuminated books, all hand painted by Reinassance monks. When I saw those blues... the golds...the paper... I was lightening struck, gripped by this emotion. I immediately rushed to my teacher and told her: "I know what I will do when I grow up!" But she laughed and answered, "that sort of work does'nt exist any more". I didn't believe her at all, and I went on filling my exercise book with words, drawings, colours and images from my inner world. "If you are just going to have one book about St. Francis on your shelves, make it this one... a sample of the inside:
"Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society."
- St. Francis of Assisi