Legend of Old Befana (The Legend of Old Befana) An Italian Christmas Story

Legend of Old Befana  (The Legend of Old Befana) An Italian Christmas Story

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Simon and Schuster Book for Young Readers 2019

Old Befana is a cranky, old lady who lives in Italy and is always sweeping with her broom. One night she sees a bright light. What could it be? Then she sees a procession and the marchers invite her to come and see the King. Is Befana a witch? What does she do with her broom?

Every January sixth Old Befana runs across the sky in search of the Baby King of Bethlehem. A touching story that may cause a question or two.

< 32 pages 978-1481477635 Ages 4-8 br />Keywords: Italian Christmas story, Christmas story, picture book, miracles read aloud to 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, preschooler

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com


In this beloved classic picture book, Tomie dePaola retells and illustrates an Italian Christmas folk tale, breathing warmth and humanity into the character of the lonely Old Befana and her endless search for the Christ Child.

Every morning and every afternoon, Old Befana sweeps with her broom. “Cranky old lady,” the children say. “She is always sweeping!” Sweep, sweep, sweep.

But when a brilliant star glows in the eastern sky one night, and Old Befana encounters the glorious procession of three kings on their way to Bethlehem, her world will never be the same.---from the publisher

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