The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story
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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Old BefanaUser Review - T.M. S. - Overstock.com
Wonderful telling of an old Italian Christmas tale of faith Read full review
Review: The Legend of Old Befana (Legends)User Review - Jeffrey Hite - Goodreads
I was not familiar with this legend before I read this story to the kids a few weeks ago, so I have no idea if this is a good retelling of the myth or not. With that out of the way, I really enjoyed ... Read full review