Monday, December 05, 2011

Reader's Diary #780- Helene Christaller: Brother Robber

Last week Margot at Joyfully Retired linked to this story at The Plough, which offers up a large assortment of Christmas tales. "Brother Robber" is listed amongst the Christmas stories for children.

Written by German writer Helene Christaller in the early 1900s, "Brother Robber" involves two monks. One, Brother Francis (later to be known as St. Francis of Assisi) chastises the other for turning away some hungry visitors because they were known robbers.

The overall message is of course a warm one, and as Margot pointed out, suitable for Christmas. Though listed as "for children," it's not juvenile. It's clean and appropriate for children, certainly, but it doesn't come that it was written specifically for children.

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2 comments:

Teddy Rose said...

I don't usually read Chrismas stories because I don't celebrate the holiday. However it sounds like a good message. I just hate Christmas stories that send the message to not let people starve on Christmas, because it seems to me they should never starve.

I was away helping my mom out, with very limited internet access but I'm back to my regular posting now. Here's my short: http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2011/12/wagner-matinee-by-willa-cather.html

Julie @ Read Handed said...

Not sure if it was my computer or what, but I was having trouble submitting a comment here yesterday. So, I'm back to try again today. I also read a Christmas story this week - "The Christmas Wreck".