The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story
Harcourt Brace Jovanich, 1980 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
The celebration of Befana, who flies across the sky on Twelfth Night, leaving cakes and cookies for children as they sleep, is a beloved story in Europe. It is timeworn only by its many versions, and Tomie dePaola's retelling is unique in its resplendent settings and carefully researched detail. His story also broadens the character of the eccentric old recluse of the small Italian village, who is always sweeping. While Befana is sometimes called a witch, Tomie dePaola gives his readers a chance to make their own decisions, imbuing Old Befana with more humanity than most have offered the lonely old woman in her endless search for the Christ Child.
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Review: The Legend of Old BefanaUser Review - Kym Machovina - Goodreads
The legend of Old Befana is such a special book in our family. It is one of our most cherished Christmas Books. When the three kings come to ask Befana to join them following the star she, in her ... Read full review
Review: The Legend of Old BefanaUser Review - Patricia - Goodreads
Always sweeping, always baking, Befana reminded me of the story of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Sweeping and baking are important, and wonderful gifts for others, but one mustn't lose sight ... Read full review