This is the story of Francis, who speaks with the animals. In this charming retelling of the life and teachings of this well - known saint, Piet Grobler delivers a simple and powerful message that transcends different cultures and religions. The book encoura ges young children to make the world a better place.Piet Grobler has always been drawn to the figure of St Francis. He also feels a special bond with birds. Piet noticed that often a bird would sit beside him just before a special event in his life. Th e illustrations, which are full of warmth and a dream - like quality, reflect this personal connection with the story. Piet captures a joyful world that celebrates birds, beasts and the wonders of nature.