49pp. illustrated by the author. The city of Assisi, Carlo's town and the birthplace of St. Francis, was offering a prize to celebrate the Saint's birthday 300 years before. Carlo is an apprentice in the studio of the greatest sculpture in all of Italy. Carlo and the other apprentices might try their skill at statues of their very own. A prize of 600 ducats! Why, with such money one could travel to all of Europe and study it's art treasures...but if all the boys of Italy comete, what chance has he of winning?
Carlo leans that there are all kinds of prizes, all kinds of victories, all kinds of rewards. It is a rich and heartening story filled with the sunlit joy of love, inspiration, honor, and hope. It gives every young person the finest prize of all - the miracle of an enchanting story. - from the DJ.