Paul Gallico's The Small Miracle Hardcover – Oct. 14 2003
“Once there was an orphan boy named Pepino who lived in the mountain town of Assisi. His home was a stable and he shared it with his donkey, Violetta.”
One day Violetta gets sick and nothing seems to help. Pepino is sure that if he can just bring her into the crypt of Saint Francis, who loves all animals, she will get well. But can he convince the priest to let him try?
Paul Gallico’s tale of one little boy’s pilgrimage of faith has touched hearts the world over. Master storyteller Bob Barton’s lyrical new adaptation, beautifully illustrated by Carolyn Croll, is the first picture book of Paul Gallico’s classic story. It will introduce a whole generation of new readers to this endearing classic.
Pepino is an orphan boy who lives in a stable in the Italian town of Assisi. His only companion is a donkey with a curious expression around the corners of her mouth that resembles a smile. Together, they deliver wood, water, and olives to pay for their living. "Pepino's hard work and Violetta's smile," Barton writes, "brought them lots of jobs and made people happy." One day, however, Violetta falls ill and stops smiling. Pepino takes her to the doctor and the parish priest and the town's bishop, all to no avail. Pepino's last remaining hope for curing the little donkey is to lead her into the crypt of Saint Francis and ask the famous saint to bless her. But that would require knocking down a wall and only "His Holiness the Pope" can approve such an action. So the boy journeys to Rome, where his innocent faith touches the heart of a pope. Carolyn Croll's charming pencil and watercolour illustrations are reminiscent of those found in the American illustrator's own touching picture book about the magic of faith, The Little Snow Girl. (Ages 4 to 8) --Lisa Alward
- Publisher : Tundra Books (Oct. 14 2003)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0887766501
- ISBN-13 : 978-0887766503
- Item weight : 318 g
- Dimensions : 20.98 x 0.86 x 26.16 cm
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