Angels and Donkeys: Tales for Christmas and Other Times
The stories in this collection were told by Pastor André Trocmé to the children of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon while France was under siege, occupied by Hitler’s troops. The rescuers did not know what their neighbors were doing. No one talked. (The people of the Plateau are credited with helping nearly 5,000 refugees, about 3,500 of them Jewish, many of whom are still alive today.) These original stories were told by Pastor Trocmé by the huge lighted tree on Christmas in the Protestant (Huguenot) church in that small mountain village, during the poverty and anxiety of wartime uncertainty. Everyone knew that death and betrayal surrounded them. Many of the themes in the stories are couched references to the courage one needs in such circumstances. This marks the first appearance of these stories in English. Excellent for both children and adults. Great to read aloud.
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Before You Read These Stories
The Rich Man and the Poor Man
The Old Woman and Her Stove
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