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Br'er is Your Brother

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From Disney's Song of the South

Uncle Remus is the fictional narrator of Joel Chandler Harris’ collection of early African American oral folklore and didactic animal stories chronicling the adventures of such characters as Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox. Written in Harris' version of a Deep South slave dialect, Br’er is synonymous with brother and is a title given to all the animal characters by Uncle Remus.

Saint Francis of Assisi also addressed animals as his brothers and sisters, singing and praying with the birds and commiserating with wolves and hares. Though both Uncle Remus and Saint Francis are complex characters, revolutionary in their own ways, their familial relationship with animals and love for the natural world  has made them both palatable and extremly popular with children.