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Reader's Theatre

Featuring 'Saint Francis and the Wolf'

Calling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

This week’s Reader’s Theatre program features Italy, in celebration of Kids Euro Fest 2014.

Saint Francis and the Wolf by Richard Egilski is the featured piece.

In Gubbio, Italy, Saint Francis shows the villagers that neither wealth nor strength are as powerful as love and compassion. A terrible wolf is terrorizing the town of Gubbio, and no one can stop him!

First the townspeople send a brave knight. He never returns. Then they send an army of trained warriors. They get destroyed. Finally, the townspeople send a great and mighty war machine, but even that can't stop the wolf.

The villagers don't know what to do until Saint Francis visits the town and speaks to the wolf in his own language. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Richard Egielski exquisitely illustrates this classic tale of love, friendship, and the importance of living together in harmony.
There are many stories about Saint Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio.

Here are five more to enjoy.

Curl up, get cozy, and read!
Saint Francis of Assisi
By Demi
Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved and inspirational figures in the history of Christianity. The stunning illustrations of award-winning author, Demi, bring to life the story of this son of a rich merchant, who abandoned all his worldly goods in order to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Inspired by the remarkable example of his holiness, Saint Francis is venerated by millions of Christians around the world, no matter their denomination.
"Saint Francis of Assisi" by Demi
The Song of Francis
By Tomie DePaola
Francis, the Little Poor One, is so filled with the love of God that he bursts into song, and he is joined by birds of every color.
"The Song of Francis" by DePaola
The Song of Francis and the Animals
By Pat Mora
Saint Francis of Assisi, friend to all creatures, sings with various animals.
"The Song of Francis and the Animals" by Mora
Brother Sun, Sister Moon:
The Life and Stories of St. Francis

By Margaret Mayo
The story of St. Francis of Assisi, who rejected his wealthy background to lead a life of poverty, good works, and kindness to animals.
"Brother Sun, Sister Moon" by Mayo
Francis, The Poor Man of Assisi
By Tomie DePaola
A biography of the wealthy young Italian who gave away all his possessions to become a wandering preacher and protector of animals.
"Francis the Poor Man of Assisi" by DePaola