I was very happy to see that this book was available again. Mine has become so worn out over the years.
Selma Lagerlof is an incredible author, this particular book is full of beautiful and spiritual imagery. The stories are delicate and heart wrenching, they are truly uplifting.
I have been told that they are read by many families in Sweden during the Christmas Season, so they quickly become a tradition. The book begins with the First Christmas then leads into Easter and finally the Crusades. My Favorites are, Bethlehem's Children and the Sacred Flame, but they are all wonderful stories.
With Harry Potter all over the place it's nice to take a break with a book that is heartfelt and extremely thoughtful.
These are not the typical saccharine type bible stories, they are truly inspired. The qualities within the stories are about patience and sacrifice, destiny and fate, they are also heroic in nature so may frighten the little ones. Ages seven though Adult should enjoy listening to them. The copy I have is titled, Christ Legends. The Translation is by Howard with Illustrations by Clere. The stories were written in 1908. (272 pg.)
The Book Includes: The Holy Night - The Emperor's Vision - The Wise Men's Will - Bethlehem's Children - The Flight into Egypt - In Nazareth - In the Temple - Saint Veronica's Kerchief - Robin Redbreast - Our Lord and Saint Peter and the Sacred Flame.