Legends of the Christ Child

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These thirty tales depict the young life of Jesus in legend. The author goes back to the beginning, before Jesus was born, through his life as a baby and a young boy, and on up to his appearance in the Temple. This progression tells the story in a new way, acting as a complement to the New Testament narrative where there is only sparse information about Jesus' childhood. This young Jesus is not the curly-headed child with a halo that we have come to expect: he is more like the boy next door. Even Mary is not quite the sort of lady who would expect our "Ave Marias", - although she is clearly deserving of them. The author's aim is to make the stories and the characters real and identifiable for young readers. "I think my Christchild," says Christina Sewell, "is all the better for being human." Ideal for prize-givings and gifts, this book brings the story of Christ to life. The stories are illustrated with high-quality line drawings, which, by their detached and decorative nature, make the book suitable for adult readers as well as children. Download the Contents and Preface here (PDF, 12 KB). Download Story 15 - The Legend of the Holly Tree here (PDF, 13 KB). Download Story 28 - A Present for Mary here (PDF, 15 KB).

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Christina Sewell was born Mary Williams in South Wales in 1923, and taken at age three to Australia. She lived her childhood in Adelaide, where she read English at university before moving to Brisbane and then Melbourne. At this time she changed her name officially to Mary Christina St John, most of her poetry being published under that name. In 1950 she moved permanently to England, teaching in London infant schools before marrying and eventually moving to Cambridge, then Hastings, and most recently to Brighton. Most of her literary work in England has been prose, though she has written some more poetry, mainly religious.

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