The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica

The Holy Twins Benedict and Scholastica The acclaimed author of The Cloister Walk offers a moving text to accompanydePaola s beautiful fresco like paintings in the dramatic and inspiring storyof two miraculous yet very human siblings Illus

  • Title: The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica
  • Author: Kathleen Norris Tomie dePaola
  • ISBN: 9780399234248
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The acclaimed author of The Cloister Walk offers a moving text to accompanydePaola s beautiful fresco like paintings in the dramatic and inspiring storyof two miraculous, yet very human siblings Illustrations.

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    1. The Holy Twins is a children’s introduction to St. Benedict, with a little bit about his twin sister, and a number of legendary stories about his life. Well illustrated and decently written. I read this book to my daughter and it led to a lot of question, such as, “Why is it more about the boy than the girl? That’s not fair!” and “Wait, is this guy in the Bible?” and “Hold on, did that really happen?” and “What if I want to be a nun but I still want to get married? Why can’t [...]

    2. I am teaching my kids about the lives of saints as part of our homeschool curriculum. Surprisingly, I've had a hard time finding good books geared to kids about saints. This book is thorough and detailed with facts about the lives of Benedict and a, yet it's written in a style that makes it accessible. The illustrations (by the renowned Tomie de Paola) add to its appeal for my 8 y.o. and 6 y.o. My only criticism is that it doesn't clearly state the dates they were born and died.

    3. Summary: The stories of Benedict and a.Why I Read This: St. a's feast day is Febrauary 10Review: I actually really liked this book. It told the story of these two Saints with an emphasis on the fact that they're brother and sister. There was the interplay between them, and it made it more accessible and more relatable to kids. I don't normally request that the library purchase the Catholic books that I read, but with a name like Tommi de Paulo and the fact that I find it relatable, I think that [...]

    4. It's a fascinating story about the creator of the Rule of St. Benedict and his sister. But Norris (whom I love) tells it in language that is too long for a picture book, in my opinion. I love DePaola's illustrations and especially how he has St. a on every page, even when she isn't being discussed, as is then discussed at the end. A great story.

    5. I'm a big fan of Tomie dePaola's artwork - you really get the Italian feel from it and it is both whimsical and full of little details. This is a great telling of the story of St. Benedict and St. a.

    6. My kids really enjoyed this book and I have to say it is an excellent example of illustration and prose working together. Written at a primary grade reading level, the book functions on both higher and lower levels of reading because the illustrations enlarge and specify various points. The book's prose may not have been speaking about what St a was upto, but the pictures showed you. Or it did not say how St. Benedict felt, but the illustration showed you. Also for historical context, the book i [...]

    7. I love these stories of the saints. Their lives are fascinating as are the fantastic tales that spring up about them. TdP beautifully and classically illustrates this book by Kathleen Norris for older primary school readers about St. Benedict and his twin sister a. This picture book spans their lives from childhood through their deaths, and the way their lives were spent together and apart and through many intersections. My favorite part of the book is at the end, when Ms. Norris tells the story [...]

    8. I love this book! Written by two favorite authors, Kathleen Norris and Tomie dePaola. I fell in love with the Benedictine Rule and Norris when I read her "A Cloister Walk" . . . wish I could remember when but I loaned my copy. And dePaola was familiar to me for his many charmingingly-illustrated children's stories which teach faith, history, and good lessons. Both of their expertise is brought together in this wonderful book! Most highly recommended. I used it all the time for my religious educa [...]

    9. I like this one, and so does my 4 year old, though the 2 year old wandered off about 20 pages in. We did have a big discussion about death due to this book, just to prepare you, as a dies and an illustration shows her laid out on a funeral bier with mourning nuns and a very distraught Benedict looking on. I don't mind, but it really took my 4 year old by surprise so I sort of wish I'd previewed the book first to prepare myself. There's some humor in it aimed at a knowledgable adult reader, which [...]

    10. We go through picture books like socks around here, so I thought I'd start highlighting stand-outs. Anything illustrated by Tomie dePaola is a stand-out; this is no exception. My kids were bored by the rather didactic storytelling, but the illustrations are fantastic. They carry more weight when you know the artist spent part of his youth in a Benedictine monastery. I enjoyed the introduction to saints I wasn't familiar with and how the illustrations enlarge on the text, keeping a's life on the [...]

    11. I found it hard to believe everything in this book. I know that they wanted me to take some of the things that happened as fact, but I felt like that was a tad bit misleading. I did think it was a good concept to tell more about these people from history, but I wasn't overly impressed with how they portrayed their lives. I wouldn't recommend.*Taken from my book reviews blog: reviewsatmse/2009

    12. The Holy Twins is a children’s introduction to Saint Benedict and his sister St. a. The main focus is on Benedict and a number of legendary stories about his life. The illustrations by the renowned Tomie de Paola add to its appeal for children read aloud story. I highly recommend this book for religious education classrooms.

    13. “The Holy Twins: Benedict and a” by Kathleen Norris (Author), Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)Twins Benedict and a cared for those in need and miracles guided their lives as they developed the Rule of St. Benedict.

    14. I read this book because it was illustrated by Tomie DePaola and I love his artistry. This is the story of St Benedict and St a. True to the lives of the saints and a good pick for catholic families.

    15. Cute artwork can't make up for lousy content. We have no record of St. a saying anything. Norris' portrayal of her supposed influence on her brother is a bizarrely anachronistic - and willful - misrepresentation both saints and their times.

    16. It would be hard for me not to like this book Kathleen Norris can write about theology in a way that totally grips me. Tomie de Paolo can use a few simple lines to illustrate anything.

    17. Benedict was a monk. His twin sister a nun. He became a great Christian leader. Nuns and monks now follow the Benedictine order for becoming nuns and monks.

    18. Tomie de Paola's illustrations in this book are fantastic, as usual, and the story of the love between Benedict and a is truly amazing.

    19. I have a boy who likes to learn about the saints. This was not my favorite, but I have such fond memories of "Sixty SAints for Girls" that I might be biased.

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