Written and Illustrated By Tomie DePaola
In the United States, Santa Claus brings presents to the children during the Christmas season. In parts of Europe, children are visited by Saint Nick. In Italy, it’s Old Befana who brings gifts and goodies to the children.
But who is old Befana? Is she a witch? A cranky old lady? And why is she always sweeping? Two things are certain, she’s on a search for the little Christ Child and she’s a big part of the special Christmas celebrations of this season in Italy. Most often reenacted and celebrated on the feast of the Three Kings (January, 6th), Tomie Depaola tells her legend in a sweet and kind way, as if you were right there with her in a little Italian village long ago.
A touching and beautiful holiday story!
This is a delightful reading of the favorite Italian Christmas story about an eccentric old woman and her never-ending search for the Baby King.
Written by Elvira Woodruff
Without parents, Dominic Cantori does not know where his family came from. When his class attended a trip to Ellis Island, he falls asleep and is mysteriously transported to find his roots in Italy. A “time travel” novel that points to the value of knowing and understanding a family’s roots and why this history is so meaningful.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
During a school trip to Ellis Island, Dominick Avaro, a ten-year-old foster child, travels back in time to 1908 Italy and accompanies two young emigrants to America.