Thank You God!

The Doodles and Jots gang has been so thankful for the warm weather lately.  Enjoying being outside again soaking up some sun and making all sorts of spring discoveries!

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We also made a great book discovery recently that seem to encompass this sentiment…

“Brother Sun, Sister Moon” Review

Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson (of Bridge to Terabithia fame) is a reimagined telling of Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures.  Saint Francis was known for his extraordinary charity to people and animals and he wrote this hymn in 1224 to give thanks and praise for all the element of creation that sustain life and feed our bodies and souls.  The two time Newbery Medal winning writer, Katherine Paterson teamed up with an amazing artist, Pamela Dalton to create a beautiful picture book!  Each page is a paper-cut creation cut from one sheet with amazing detail and painted with equalled detail and beautiful innocence.  Reading this book put my 6 year old daughter and I in such a wonderful state of calm!

Companion activity…

I have included a simple print and color PDF to go along with this book…

Sun and Moon Printable

It is very basic but encompass most of the creation elements.  Think of it like a foundation.  You can color the page and then add your own drawings or magazine cut-outs to add richness.  The idea is to celebrate all the wonderful things in life that are enabled by the creation elements like plants and animals, etc.

I hope you check out this beautiful book and love it as much as we have!

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This post is linked up with It’s Playtime over at hands on: as we grow.  Check it out for lots of great outdoor play ideas!

 

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6 thoughts on “Thank You God!

  1. It’s interesting that kids don’t seem to learn about St. Francis of Assisi anymore unless they are Catholic but what a wonderful role model. It’s also great to make the connection that he’s a real person because he seems like the name of a person from so long ago that it’s almost like myth.

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