When I learned of this book’s existence a few years ago, I was frustrated at the lack of information on the book, the expense of out-of-print copies and maddening lack of interior images! I think might be able to find a couple pictures now with a google search, but I thought I’d post my own for curious people.
The Little Friar Who Flew by Patricia Lee Gauch is one of the lesser known saint picture books on the market and not nearly as talked about as illustrator de Paola’s other works are. I was finally able to buy a reasonably priced copy to add to our bookshelf recently and am quite happy with the purchase. We had seen The Reluctant Saint as a family and enjoyed it very much (the kids laughing hysterically at the flying scenes) so the children were happy to have even more context to learn about St. Joseph of Cupertino. The book is simple and a perfect introduction to this humble, “little donkey” of a saint. He, along with St. John Vianney, always reassure me with my not-so-academically advanced children… God measures our love, not our IQs.
Please enjoy these inside shots of a lovely, little book:
Always get excited when you review a book I haven’t heard of 🙂
Off to see if I’m lucky and miraculously find a decent priced copy
Good luck! Mine was a serendipitous find… but I think the seller was stretching the truth a bit when they listed it in “Very Good” condition… it’s pretty worn. Oh well, happy to have it!
Great movie! Lucky you to find the book. I’m surprised how similar her illustrations appear to de Paolo’s, are you?
The illustrations ARE dePaola’s! Sorry if I didn’t make that clear! 🙂