People liked to hear Saint Francis preach. He was kind, cheerful and always smiled. He preached about peace and forgiveness. People liked his simple life. His little group of followers soon became a religious order called the Friars Minor. They preached and helped sick and poor people. Saint Francis calls us to look at ourselves. Do we respect the earth and all creation? How can we make our world a better place?
Saints are real-life heroes and heroines of faith who inspire us by their virtues to become more like Christ. In the new series of early reader books, Saints and Me , the real stories of saints come to life and connect with a today's children, ages 4 to 9. Lively, full-color illustrations on every page match the text, aiding emerging readers with the text and story sequence. Each biography is themed with virtues that the saint models for young children. A companion activity book for the set offers coloring pages, simple word searches featuring words from the texts, and other activities.