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The two brothers : a legend of Jerusalem
Waldman, Neil.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [1997]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
After observing a miracle that marks the love and concern that two brothers have for each other, King Solomon decides on the site for his great temple.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.4 0.5 21451.
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After observing a miracle that marks the love and concern that two brothers have for each other, King Solomon decides on the site for his great temple.

Author Notes

Neil Waldman is the writer and illustrator of more than fifty children's books. His books have won the Christopher Award, the National Jewish Book Award and the School Library Best Book Award. He is also the founder/director of the Fred Dolan Art Academy in the Bronx. Al and Teddy is one of his picture books. All proceeds from sales of "AL and TEDDY" will be used to support the young artists of the Fred Dolan Art Academy, a free Saturday school designed to help Bronx youngsters go to art college. Founded in 2006, twenty-three students have graduated from the academy, all going on to college with scholarships.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. In this unpretentious story, two brothers harvest the wheat and divide the profits. But the unmarried older brother thinks his younger brother should have extra for his wife and family, so he brings over a bundle of wheat in the night. However, the younger brother feels that with a family he is rich, so he takes his older brother wheat at night. Unbeknownst to either of them, King Solomon has been watching. So moved is he that he decides to build his temple on the spot where the brothers meet and realize what each other has done. This is called a legend of Jerusalem, but there are no source notes. The tension is minimal, but, like Solomon, children will be moved by the love the brothers share. Waldman uses simply executed characters to tell the story, but visual interest is added by action breaking through slim half-borders, and by the use of mottled backgrounds that give the art a three-dimensional look. The glowing golds, pinks, and blues reflect the colors of the real Jerusalem, which, as the story says, still draws people to its splendor. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2‘In this well-known Hebrew parable, King Solomon observes the kindness of two brothers, each of whom believes the other has a greater need. In the middle of the night, the older brother, who is not married, carries sheaths of wheat to the younger man, who has a family. That same night, the younger brother carries sheaths to his older brother. Each wonders the next day why he still has the same number of sheaths. Finally, on the third night the two men bump into one another and realize what has happened. They embrace and laugh in each others arms and King Solomon, who has been watching, announces that he will build his glorious temple on that spot. In this lovely story, the lessons of brotherly love and sharing are imparted simply, directly, and with humor. Unfortunately, the characters are all drawn in the same nondescript style with rounded faces and bodies, dots and lines for eyes and mouths, and beards that look like pasted-on curlicues. The circular motif is carried through in the stylized trees. While the soft blues, greens, and browns work nicely, the cartoonlike depiction of the humans seems inappropriate for the story. Brothers, retold by Florence B. Freedman and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker (HarperCollins, 1985; o.p.), is a more serious version of this legend.‘Susan Pine, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.