Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Brother Jerome and the Angels in the Bakery

When Abbott Pasqualino wants to open a bakery, he has Brother Jerome bake the breads, muffins and other goodies to sell, because Brother Jerome is an excellent baker. With the help of his guardian angel, Gus, Brother Jerome gets up early every morning and bakes the breads for the monks. Now, he’s baking extra bread to sell in the bakery.

But, the monks have no money for advertising and no money to paint a sign to let everyone know their bakery is open. So, they just cut out a door that faces onto the street where the wonderful scents from the bakery can fill the streets. They hope to attract some business in this manner.

The wonderful aromas don’t attract any customers, but they do attract other angels, because, as one angel says, a bakery is the place “that smells the most like heaven.” No customers enter the shop the first day, but on the second a lady stops long enough to smell the wonderful smells of fresh-baked goods. Brother Jerome is getting discouraged, but the Abbott tells him to keep baking breads and to keep up the faith.

So, on the third day, Brother Jerome bakes even more goodies. No customers come, but he sees the woman who had stopped outside the bakery the day before. When she doesn’t enter the store, one of the angels in the bakery flies outside, pulls her hat off, and throws it into the bakery. The woman is then forced to enter the establishment where she is, of course, captivated by the enticing aromas wafting through the air. She becomes the first customer, and then soon others follow.

Brother Jerome and the Angels in the Bakery, is written by Dominic Garramone, OSB. Richard Bernal painted the wonderfully expressive illustrations, done in muted colors.

What I Like: I really like the illustrations as they are delightful.

I also like the prayer that is printed on the back cover of the book: “Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this night be at my side, To light, to guard, to rule and guide. Amen.” It seems appropriate to the story.

What I Dislike: I like the book, but I think the storyline could have been stronger. Brother Jerome is the main character and he has a problem. But he doesn’t have to figure out a solution as one of the angels does it for him. I think a better storyline would have been for Brother Jerome and the angels to work together figuring out ways to get customers in the store. Perhaps one of the angels could have given Brother Jerome a great idea that he could have implemented himself. Just a thought.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 9-12.

Publisher Info: Reedy Press, 2010; ISBN: 9781933370644; Hardcover, $16.95.

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