Meet the Black brothers: Schwartz, Hans and Gluck. In some ways this story is a little like Cinderella in that Schwartz and Hans are mean spirited towards Gluck. It differs in that Gluck does not get swept away by a beautiful princess at the end!
The three brothers owned and lived in Treasure Valley, a very fertile land where they farmed and farmed well thus becoming very rich. One evening, when his two brothers had gone out, Gluck mused about how they never invited anyone to dinner. In fact they had told Gluck to not let anyone in and he knew he would be in trouble if he did so. Just then he heard a knock on the door. Who was there? An extraordinary little man! Upon inviting him in, it was not long before Gluck's brothers came home. They were not happy to see the man and refused to feed him even though he asked. The gentleman promised to return? Who was he? What "mischief" did he impose upon the brothers?
In ruin, the brothers turned to a new business. Would they learn their lesson this time? Alas no but you'll have to read the story to find out what happened to them and how life turned out for Gluck.
This is a relatively short book (5 chapters) but one our kids loved. They were eager to keep reading to see how it ended. Some great lessons to be learned here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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About the Author
John Ruskin (8 February 1819 - 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. The elaborate style that characterised his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively. In all of his writing, he emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, and architectural structures and ornamentation.