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Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men   By: (1841-1885)

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Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing is a delightful collection of imaginative and heartwarming stories that will captivate readers of all ages. With her lyrical prose and keen understanding of human and animal behavior, Ewing offers a collection of stories that are filled with charm, wit, and tender moments.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is its ability to seamlessly blend human and animal narratives together. The tales explore the connections between people and animals, highlighting the shared emotions and experiences that exist between species. Through these narratives, Ewing encourages readers to reflect on the delicate balance between mankind and the natural world, ultimately reminding us of our responsibility to treat all creatures with kindness and respect.

The characters in Brothers of Pity are wonderfully developed and relatable, each carrying their own unique personalities and traits. From the wise and gentle elephant to the mischievous yet endearing monkeys, Ewing brings her animal characters to life with depth and authenticity. Moreover, her human characters are equally well crafted, allowing readers to connect with their joys, sorrows, and struggles.

What sets this collection apart is Ewing's ability to infuse each story with important life lessons without being didactic. Whether exploring themes of empathy, courage, or the importance of family, the author encourages readers to understand the fundamental qualities that make us human and challenges us to recognize the same qualities in the animal kingdom.

Ewing's writing style is fluid and engaging, effortlessly transporting readers into the heart of each tale. Her skillful use of descriptive language creates vivid imagery, painting a captivating world where animals and humans coexist in harmony. Her stories are timeless, reminding us of the power of storytelling to transcend time and space, and to instill valuable lessons in our lives.

Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men is not only a charming collection of stories, but also a celebration of the natural world and the connections between all living beings. Ewing's ability to inspire compassion and empathy in her readers is truly commendable. Whether you are a fan of animal tales or simply appreciate well-crafted storytelling, this book is a must-read. It will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the world we share with our animal companions.

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London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Northumberland Avenue, W.C. Brighton: 129, North Street. New York: E. & J.B. Young & Co. [Published under the direction of the General Literature Committee.]






These tales have appeared, during some years past, in Aunt Judy's Magazine for Young People .

"Father Hedgehog and his Neighbours," and "Toots and Boots," were both suggested by Fedor Flinzer's clever pictures; but "Toots" was also "a real person." In his latter days he was an honorary member of the Royal Engineers' Mess at Aldershot, and, on occasion, dined at table.

"The Hens of Hencastle" is not mine. It is a free translation from the German of Victor Blüthgen, by Major Yeatman Biggs, R.A., to whom I am indebted for permission to include it in my volume, as a necessary prelude to "Flaps." The story took my fancy greatly, but the ending seemed to me imperfect and unsatisfactory, especially in reference to so charming a character as the old watch dog, and I wrote "Flaps" as a sequel.

The frontispiece was designed specially for this volume, by Mr. Charles Whymper, and the Fratello della Misericordia (from a photograph kindly sent me by a friend) is by the same artist... Continue reading book >>

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