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The Weight of a Mass

By Josephine Nobisso, Katalin Szegedi (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: USA, 01 June 2002
When a poor devout widow begs for a scrap of bread from a rich faithless baker, she promises to participate in the king's wedding mass as payment for the baker's generosity. The baker writes "One Mass" on a scrap of paper and places it on his scale to determine how much bread it is worth. To his and the entire town's surprise, nothing in the shop, not even the gigantic wedding cakes made for the king, outweighs the simple piece of paper representing the true worth of a mass. Luminous old-world watercolor paintings grace the interior of the book and gold foil artwork lends an air of solemnity and sacred beauty to the story.

About the Author

Josephine Nobisso is the author of 17 children's and adult books including Grandpa Loved' and Grandma's Scrapbook'. She lives in Quogue, New York.

Reviews

"Wholly beautiful! For those of us with a religious background--or none!" -- Kirkus Reviews "Lilting storytelling style. Charming." -- School Library Journal

EAN: 9780940112100
ISBN: 0940112108
Publisher: Gingerbread House
Dimensions: 29.21 x 20.47 x 0.64 centimeters (0.09 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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