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162 pages — Trade Paperback, 5.5" x 8.25"
3nd ed., Madonna House Publications, 2010
“Once there was a chair, an ugly scruffy beat-up chair.”
“Once there was a boy who was in love with the sky.”
“Once there was a nice horse named Jack who worked on a threshing machine.”
Come meet these delightful characters; find out about Batholomew, the friendly scarecrow, the old man with new eyes, and the chipmunk who went to sea. Visit their fun, whimsical, enchanting, worlds. Stories for children young and old.
These moving stories were originally printed in the Restoration newspaper at the request of Catherine Doherty, who later urged Jude to collect them together and have them published after she received many letters telling how people had been touched by the stories, or how they used the tales in storytelling, drama—for puppet shows with children, as well as in grown-up retreats!
Divided into three sections, the first contains a variety of tales of children, animals, songs, stars, trees and simple objects of everyday life. The second set of stories revolves around events recorded in the Bible. The third contains stories that are adapted by Jude Fischer from tales originally told by Elizabeth Rowena Marietta York, a crippled orphan girl in the late 1800s.
“Now is the time to allow this touching and stimulating collection of modern-day fables into your faith journey.” — Book Nook
“These are really little gems!” — Catherine Doherty
Jude Fischer has trained in sociology, elementary education and physical therapy. She taught at a parochial school, worked as a therapist in New York City and was a volunteer at such urban mission operations as the Catholic Worker and Covenant House before joining the Madonna House Apostolate. She is also an accomplished painter.