Color chimes jubilantly from the pages of this charming story, the work of a new and highly talented author-illustrator. Brother Alonzo, a fat friar, woke on a golden morning and wished for a way to show his thanks to God. He remembered the cathedrals he had seen in the city. So he piled stone upon stone. Alas, his pile of stones proved to be no cathedral. But it did help Brother Alonzo to rescue a kitten from the high branch of a tree. Disappointed at his failure as a cathedral builder, he tried painting, sculpture and music. Each time he failed as an artist but performed some humanitarian deed. It took the wise old owl to explain that goodness, kindness and gentleness were the loveliest gifts he could give.