Vermont Folklife Center

The Two Brothers

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William Jaspersohn
Paintings by Michael Donato
Hardcover, 32 pages, illustrated
U.S. $14.95, Can. $23.95

people sitting on the bus

About this Story

Two brothers, Heinrich and Friedrich, immigrate separately to America, following each other by several years. Neither knows what has become of the other. One day the elder brother, Heinrich, is sent to mend fence with the neighboring farmer’s hired man. To his delight he discovers the man he is to work with is none other than his younger brother, Friedrich! To his delight he discovers the man he is to work with is his none other than his younger brother, Friedrich!

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Cless and Edward

About the Storytellers

Heinrich and Friedrich eventually bought a farm together and settled in Warren, Vermont. Many years later in the 1990s, Heinrich’s grandsons, Clesson Eurich (right) and Ed Eurich (left), told their family's story to Jane Beck, Folklorist from the Vermont Folklife Center.

Clesson Eurich served in the Pacific in World War II returning to Waitsfield where he tried his hand at a variety of jobs--including farming, logging and business ownership. He had a lifelong love of the outdoors and spent any spare time fishing, hunting and hiking. He passed away on November 14, 1992.

Ed Eurich became a successful farmer in his own right with a dairy herd, a sugaring operation and a potato business. He is a former Vermont Commissioner of Agriculture.

Clesson and Ed grew up on their grandfather’s farm in Warren, Vermont.

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man working on his farm

About the Author

William Jaspersohn has written more than 20 children’s books, including How the Forest Grew (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner) and The Ballpark (a New York Times Best Book and American Book Award nominee). In 2000, Yankee Magazine named his Vermont Folklife Center Children’s Book, The Two Brothers, a Top 40 Classic New England Children’s Book. Jaspersohn lives in Johnson, Vermont.

About the Illustrator

Michael A. Donato has illustrated a number of award-winning children’s books and videos, including Squanto and the First Thanksgiving and Tales Alive! (a Parents Choice Honor Award and Skipping Stones Multi-cultural Honor Award book). His paintings for the CD-ROM program Voyage Up the Nile were developed in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He lives with his wife and son in New Jersey.

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