By Diane Gibfried
Illustrated by Meilo So
Brother Juniper lives in the hills of Assisi with Father Francis. The other friars know him to be good, simple, and overly generous. One day, when Father Francis and the brothers go away and leave Brother Juniper in charge of the chapel, his generosity goes unchecked – to the initial dismay of the friars but the ultimate celebration and gratitude of all the townspeople.
The story of Brother Juniper teaches us how an adult might have childlike empathy, openness, and delight in service to others.
The illustrations of Brother Juniper at his chapel chores are a joy – an example to us all to take pride and pleasure even in the most menial tasks.