October 4: Feast of St Francis of Assisi

The Song of St. Francis and the AnimalsThe Song of St. Francis and the Animals celebrates the tender relationship between the beloved saint and the animals whom he cherished. Woodcut artist David Frampton captures the exuberant songs of Francis and the animals in charming, colorful woodcuts that underscore the harmony between humans and the natural world.

Curriculum activities:

  • A good opportunity to explore the complex process of making woodcuts. Perhaps a local woodcut artist or an art teacher could explain the process and devise a safe method for students to create their own art.
  • Invite students to discuss the relationship Francis had to each creature. Have students share stories of their own habits of treating animals.
  • If possible, invite a veterinarian or veterinary student or a staff member of a humane society, animal shelter, or animal rescue program to do a presentation on how to be a good pet owner.
  • This book is an extended poem. Invite students to write their own poem/song about their favorite animal.
Illustration by David Frampton.

Illustration by David Frampton.

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