The New York Times
One City, Two Brothersby Chris Smith, Aurelia Fronty
Listen to Solomon as he tells the story of two brothers who learn the true meaning of peace and selflessness in this traditional tale that has been shared for hundreds of years in mosques, synagogues, and churches across the Near East and beyond.
The New York Times
In a folktale shared by both Jews and Arabs, two brothers plow their father's field and divide the harvest equally. The older brother feels blessed by his wife and children and is compelled to give more of the grain to his younger brother, who lives alone. In the middle of the night, he takes three sacks of grain to the man's house. The younger sibling feels that his older brother deserves more of the harvest since he has a family to support, and he in turn journeys to his brother's house with three sacks of grain. Both are puzzled in the morning when they see that they still have the same amount of grain. This continues for several nights until they meet on the hill halfway between their houses. It is believed that this meeting place is where King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Smith's poetic retelling, coupled with Fronty's stunning acrylic illustrations, makes a pleasing and poignant picture book. The beautifully written author's note provides readers with background information about Jerusalem and the origins of the story. A timeless tale about selflessness, brotherly love, and the power of individual acts of kindness.
Rachel KaminCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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This delightful and moving story draws on the opening of the 133rd psalm: ¿Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.¿ Two quarreling brothers appeal to King Solomon to resolve their dispute over their inheritance. In order to induce them to make peace with each other, the king tells them an old folk tale in which the mutual love of two brothers results in the founding of the city of Jerusalem. An important subtext is that all men and women are brethren in the eyes of the Lord God.