Monday, October 26, 2009
THE SNOW GOOSE & THE SMALL MIRACLE
THE SNOW GOOSE:
The story of a misshapen man, living with only the company of the birds he rescues.
And of Fritha, the young girl who is afraid of him, but overcomes her fear to bring him the wounded snow goose she has found.
The story of a strange friendship, a rescue mission to Dunkirk, and miracles that will happen but can be heartbreaking.
A wonderful story.
THE SMALL MIRACLE:
Another beautiful story, set in Assisi where Pepino, a young war orphan manages to make a living for himself with the help of his loyal donkey Violetta, with the Mona Lisa smile.
When Violetta becomes very ill, Pepino looks for permission to bring the donkey to the tomb of St. Francis in the hope of a miracle. None of the local churchmen will allow such a thing though. It takes a trip to Rome by Pepino and a miraculous bunch of flowers to gain acccess. Access that might save the the donkey and helps the town of Assisi too.
It's been years since I read anything by Gallico, an author my mother introduced me to and loved. These two stories reminded me what a powerful storyteller he is, and how right my mother was.