Astrid Lindgren received thousands of letters from young readers thanking her, to all the children who have sent letters to me about The Brothers Lionheart. In fact, I dare to single out this Astrid Lindgren (of Pippi Longstocking fame) classic as the best The Brothers Lionheart is for children and the child in you. Chapter 1 Now I’m going to tell you about my brother. My brother, Jonathan Lionheart, is the person I want to tell you about. I think it’s almost like a saga, and just.

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Will I be all alone? Karl’s nickname is Skorpan Rusky since Jonatan likes these typical Swedish toasts or crusts. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

The relationship between Tvebak and Jonathan the Danish names is so unbelievably precious, and leaves me in tears, even now, despite it being a childrens book.

You want the weak ones to carry the torch in just the same manner as in LoTR, and burn down evil against all odds in the same way. In fact, I would say that Jonathan represents the Guru, incarnating as a human and facing human challenges, but only for our benefit, to teach us how to be like him. He didn’t know if this was intentional or not. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Yes No Report this. There is one beautiful idea expressed in the story, that I love reading over and over again: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Reshama Deshmukh January 4, at 3: But it axtrid so beautiful here, that one asrtid even start to suspect that anything else can be evil, not in such a warm cosy world such as this? The lighter themes of the book involve platonic love, loyalty, hope, courage and pacifism.


As a new young teacher I was astounded at how many of the children loved the book and waited eagerly to hear the next chapter.

Well, now you know roughly what happened. Ships from and sold by Chiron Media. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I remembered it being much more sad, and so I was surprised when I found out that this wasn’t necessarily a story about loss, but more so one of courage and love.

During a visit at a cemetery in VimmerbyLindgren was caught by an iron cross with the text Here rest the young brothers Johan Magnus and Achates Phalen, dead In one of the most heroic acts of children’s literature – brave Jonathan saves his sickly young brother Karl from a house fire and in the process sacrifices his own life by jumping through an open window from the blazing home.

It turns out that Mattias is part of the Thorn Valley resistance and a friend of Jonatan, who is hiding in his house. Showing of 85 reviews. Yes, Jonatan, yes – I see the light! And for the first, and last, time she wrote a letter to the children who were wondering what happened next. Of course, I read it in the original Swedish, but anyone who has half a mind of reading something truly healing should give this a go in English.

They know it is a story. Disease, death, tyranny, betrayal and rebellion are some of the dark themes that permeate the story.

The Brothers Lionheart: My Favorite Children’s Book ~ Read Aloud Dad

As an adult you realise immediately that Nangijala isn’t real, it is an invention to soothe a dying child. The two brothers’ surname was originally Lion, but they are generally known as Lionheart. Jonathan is the hero of the events, and may seem overly idealized in his perfection.

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However, Nangiyala is under threat. However, the boys discover that not all adventures are worth having as they find themselves facing increasingly evil foes and long odds. We read this book, day in, day out. Start your free trial. So anyway, I saved it for a free Saturday, and finally just sat down and read it cover-to-cover. My twins were mesmerized by this book.

Apr 01, Stina rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is about the love between two brothers, about life after death, abo This is the most important, most magical and most precious book from my childhood.

Being a mother now, I identified not with the dying child, but with the mother.

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Children take the story at face value. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Jan 05, Sharon L rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 13, Mitticus rated it it was ok Shelves: