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The Blessing of the Beasts
By Barry Moser (illustrator) and Ethel Pochocki
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Paraclete Pr
Publication date June 30, 2007
Pages 40
Binding Hardcover
Book category Easy Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781557255020
ISBN-10 1557255024
Dimensions 0.50 by 7.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.72 lbs.
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Original list price $18.95
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The value of all creatures is told in this story of a roach and a skunk who find a creative way inside a church to join the Celebration of Creatures service in this children's story.
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As a young roach, Francesca was warned against churches:
Her mother had told her there was no reason to visit such a place. Churches were disgustingly clean, barren of food, although sometimes you might find leftover rice from weddings under the pews, and they were dangerous.
Francesca and Martin, a skunk, originally met in a trash can awhile back:
He had startled her by rising from the garbage, wearing a cap of coleslaw and a mustache of yogurt.
“Good evening, Miss,” he said, remembering his manners. “My name is Martin. After the saint, Martin de Porres. My mother favored him. His statue was in the garden where we ate, so she named me, her firstborn, after him.”
As the Celebration of Creatures service approaches, Francesca yearns to be there, but Martin warns her against it:
“I don’t think that we are meant to be included, Francesca. It’s for the respectables, the cute and cuddlies. We are outcasts, my dear. They’ll never let us in. Can’t you just hear the humans shrieking as we walk down the aisle? They’d be fainting left and right.”
Francesca and Martin find a creative way into the church—and what a sight they see! Kids and adults alike will treasure this new story about the value of all creatures, and will learn anew that all of creation has value, purpose, and God’s blessing.


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Hardcover
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from Paraclete Pr (June 30, 2007)
9781557255020 | details & prices | 40 pages | 7.25 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | 0.72 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Martin the skunk and Francesca the cockroach wend their way across the city to attend the blessing of the animals celebration on the Feast of St.
Paperback
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With Barry Moser (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Paraclete Pr (August 1, 2014)
9781612615820 | details & prices | 39 pages | 7.25 × 9.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $15.99

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