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The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel: A Cautionary Tale of Ultimate Friendship (2GETHER picture book collection 4) Kindle Edition
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Lawrence Collins, Goodreads
The Epic Of Gabriel and Jibreel is a short, beautifully illustrated book whichpacks a serious punch. As with all of Fontreal's books, the illustrations arebeautiful yet have a surreal feel to them. Like all good children's books, thisone works on two levels. There is the fairytale element for younger readerswhich softens the blow of quite a shocking ending, while there are manyelements that provide the adults with serious food for thought.
Helen Combe, Goodreads
This is a great, thoughtprovoking book with superb illustrations. However, unlike most children books,it does not have a happy end. It ends in a heart wrenching tragedy, and I wouldhighly recommend an adult participation on the first reading. The story is sodeep and well consructed that, I believe, it has a potential to become one ofthe all-time favorites such as Cinderella or Hansel and Gretel. The short notefrom the title page explaining the origin of the names Gabriel and Jibreel isof a key importance in spite of its small print.
Jiri Soukup, Goodreads
When two boys from differentsocioeconomic backgrounds meet, they forge a friendship that transcendsprivilege and expectations and lasts until their devastating end. Marin'suniquely detailed art style sets the scene for a timely story of love and loss.
Children's Services Librarian
The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel is a moving and gently educational storyarticulated through extraordinary art. If you want to open your child's mind tohow much people have in common, despite how different their lives may look,gift them this. Marin Darmonkow is an amazing storyteller with a true talentfor speaking to the mind of a child.
Dei Lono, Goodreads
Only a few times I read achildren's picture book like this. It's a really good one, but also a dramatic,deep and with a sad story.
The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel is a wonderful children's book. The authordoes his own illustrations and they are hauntingly beautiful. The story of twoyoung boys, from different economic and social backgrounds, have a friendshipthat transcends all their differences. It is sad toward the end, but it ismagical. I absolutely loved this story!
Paz Ellis, Goodreads
Excellent book. Marin'sunique approach to storytelling is powerful.
Steve Kent, Goodreads
Gabriel and Jibreel is awonderful tale of friendship, hardship, and the belief that we are much thesame despite some of our outward differences.
A.C. Hunter Public Library
Absolutely loved the story,and the boys deserved better from they're father's but at least they'retogether... Would definitely read more than once and recommend... ❣️
Jennifer Kessler, Goodreads
Darryl Chislett, Goodreads
From the Author
- ASIN : B08NWTHGJR
- Publisher : Fontreal (November 19, 2020)
- Publication date : November 19, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 16641 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 32 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,518,835 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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City boy and refugee boy meet in a bay. City boy Gabriel named after an angel and refugee Jibreel become friends.
Their life styles are contrasting as one lives in a large house and the other in an upside down boat. They share a common bond, both boys lost their mothers in death. Both have fathers that love them and both fathers agree in a statement “life isn’t fair”, how true!
The friends meet in secret as Gabriel’s dad does not like refugees.
Both boys share a dream of flying and becoming pilots. Using Gabriel’s phone, they find directions on the Internet on how to make a digital airplane.
They build a digital airplane name the “Phoenix” (the immortal bird). They create imaginary digital intergalactic angel pilots, one with dark skin and dark hair (Jibreel) and one with white skin and light hair (Gabriel).
Gabriel and Jibreel are ready to fly their digital plane. Seated inside the upside-down boat house, ready to launch their digital plane, a loud bang is heard.
A disaster ignites all around them. A fire is started on the refugee camp by Gabriel’s father and his friends. A comforting scene is created by the author as the boys hold each other in their arms.
The vivid description of both boys suffering in the burning boathouse is sufficient to make the reader know both children do not survive.
An ugly point is manifested in this story as the reader now understands, Gabriel and his friend die because of the hatred for refugees that lashes out in this heinous act. Gabriel probably does no fully comprehend his father and his friends are responsible for this tragedy. They are the “antagonists” in this story.
A hint of a possible miracle flies out from the burning boathouse. A shiny white airplane with its engines roaring dusts the embers and ashes off its wings and flies to the sky above.
Could it be Gabriel and Jibreel are inside? I would like to think so.
The finality is brilliant
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this brilliant short story. It is beautifully illustrated with vivid colorful pictures that enhance the story. It teaches some of life’s lessons.
Two men are desperately looking for their sons. One is Gabriel’s father and the other Jibreel’s father. Their paths cross in the search without knowing who they are.
Neither man saw the white plane soaring in the air nor the two angels inside.
They both agreed “life isn’t fair”.
This epic tale goes beyond fiction because it introduces a reality that has always existed in our society, man’s hatred toward his fellow man.
Sometimes tragedy teaches a lesson. What we give out to others, often comes back upon us. Often times, innocent people suffer at the hands of their foes as this tale goes.
The descriptive scene of the fire in the boathouse tells all. The physical engagement between the two boys represents the camaraderie that quickly developed between them. They feel safe and secure with each other and probably do not process the danger that surrounds them.
As their digital airplane suddenly becomes real and soars into the sky, sadness flies away into victory as two angels flee to their destiny.
The reader can us his own imagination in this story, here they can create the place where the angels will never be found.
We are not told if the two father’s ever meet or understand what became of their sons. Gifted writers do not always tell everything, they leave room for the imagination.
Carol Smith, Author of “Tales of Wonder Woods”