Paul Gallico's The Small Miracle by Bob Barton

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The first-ever picture- book version of Paul Gallico's classic story of friendship and faith

"Once there was a boy named Pepino who lived in the mountain town of Assisi. He had no mother. He had no father. He lived in a stable with his donkey, Violetta.
Violetta was everything to Pepino."

Then 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 priests 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 adaptation, beautifully illustrated by Carolyn Croll, will introduce a whole new generation of readers to this moving classic.

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Paul William Gallico (1897-1976) was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Columbia University in 1921, he became a well-known journalist and novelist. Today Mr. Gallico is best remembered for the novella The Snow Goose and for the touching story on which this adaptation is based. Bob Barton is one of the founders of the Storyteller School of Toronto and performs throughout North America and the United Kingdom. The recipient of several awards for promoting literacy, Mr. Barton was a consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Education before becoming an author. He lives in Ontario, Canada.Carolyn Croll has illustrated many popular children's books, including several that she also wrote. She lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Published October 1, 2003 by Tundra Books (NY). 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An abridged version of an old story tells the tale of Pepino, an orphan boy who lives in a stable with his donkey, Violetta, in the town of Assisi.

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When Pepino promises to do both, the pope bestows his blessing, and the story ends as Pepino leads Violetta into the crypt to pray.

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