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Brother Bartholomew and the Apple Grove

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Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Boyds Mills Press
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While visiting a friend in Pennsylvania in 2004 I had the opportunity to meet the author of this book as my friend was well acquainted with the author (My copy is signed). It had been years since I read this book and my five year old picked it off the shelf today out of curiosity and probably drawn to the lovely illustrations. There are aspects of monks and a monastery that I had to find simple explanations for but nothing out of the ordinary. The theme of pride is well played out as well as wis ...more
It's more important to share a garden harvest than to have a perfect apple grove. A young monk with some control issues learns this the hard way, but in the end everybody benefits. The monk learns compassion and the hungry deer that live in the forest that flanks the monastery get something good to eat. A moving story about compassion for animals. This is a good story to pair with Brother Francis and the Wolf.
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