Synopses & Reviews
"[T]he love the brothers have for one another is clear." -School Library Journal
"Wickstrom's gentle characters bring the simple, lovely sentiment to life in a setting of rolling hills, illuminated by sunlight and candlelight." -Kirkus
"A retelling of the old Talmudic story about how love between brothers can create miracles..." -Children's Literature
"In this traditional Jewish tale, a father dies and leaves his farm to his two sons, who share the farm and look after each other, despite their very different lifestyles -- Yankle is a happily married family man, and Josef is a loner who spends his time reading religious books. When a drought threatens the farm, the brothers independently decide that the other needs whatever food has been saved. In a comic episode, the duo go back and forth delivering food and wondering why they are each winding up with more instead of less. Finally, they run into each other and, in a happy moment of realization, remember their father's words: "When a brother helps a brother, the angels in heaven weep tears of joy." ...Here, the pictures are vigorous both in color and in style of drawing. There's lots of movement in the art, and the pictures capture the story's humor and the worry that comes with farming life." -Booklist
A tale of unselfishness and love, based on a story from the Talmud. When Chayim dies, he leaves his rich farm to his two sons, making them promise to share the land and always take care of each other. All goes well until there is a terrible drought and no crops can grow. Josef worries about his brother, who has a family to feed, Yankel worries about his brother, who has no one to help him. But the brothers' love causes a miracle on the parched earth. Full color.