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‘Brother Hugo and the Bear’: cute and informative

May 8, 2014

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brother hugo and the bearAuthor Katy Beebe has crafted a cute story from a sliver of what may or may not be a true anecdote from the 12th century. Did a bear really devour much of one monastery’s copy of St. Augustine’s letters to St. Jerome?

Beebe’s fictional Brother Hugo gets the task of replacing it, and a good chunk of the tale illustrates how manuscripts were created by the monks in those monasteries in the Middle Ages.

Illustrates is the perfect word, too, because artist S.D. Schindler’s superb use of the style of those medieval illuminators adds a whimsical period touch that puts the story into the proper historical timeframe.

This is not just a good tale for young readers but an educational one as well.

There’s church and human history embedded in the Eerdmans book, with salutes to those ancient monasteries, the Benedictine’s Cluny and the Cistercian’s La Grande Chartreuse, and even a glossary that includes both church and manuscript making vocabularies.

What a nice idea, and nicely done.

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Angelic tale makes for good reading to children

November 16, 2010

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Angels are drawn to the bakery in St.Michael’s monastery because, “it’s the place that smells the most like heaven!”

Along the way they help bring confidence to a monk who isn’t too sure of his culinary skills and teach some lessons about faith and perseverance.

That’s as much as you probably need to know about “Brother Jerome and the Angels in the Bakery,” a cute story grandparents will find they read over and over.

Benedictine Father Dominic Garramone penned this little gem, and artist Richard Bernal provided the colorful illustrations for this Reedy Press work that kids will enjoy.

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