It’s Christmas Eve in the year 722, and Kristoph, a young orphan boy, is accompanying the missionary priest, Boniface, through the German countryside. They are hurrying to reach the next village by nightfall when they come upon a group of pagans in the forest worshiping a sacred oak tree and preparing to sacrifice the son of the village chieftain. To prove that the oak is powerless and that there is only One True God, Boniface miraculously fells the giant tree with a single ax stroke. In its place stands an evergreen tree. Calling it “the tree of the Christ Child,” he instructs the men to mend their lives and take the evergreen home where it shall shelter “loving gifts and lights of kindness.” Now rescued, the son of the village chieftain invites Boniface and Kristoph to share Christmas with his family . . . around another evergreen tree Kristoph cuts down for their own celebration of “happiness and hope.” Appropriate for all ages, this book, illustrated by Scotland’s David Hill, is a retelling of the legend of the Anglo-Saxon martyr who became the patron saint of Germany.The release date is set for October, 2015
Long ago, on the tiny Venetian island of Burano, the villagers are starving. Brave Gianni sets out into the icy lagoon to catch fish to feed his people, leaving his fiancée Nicoletta to pray for his safe return. Gianni tries to catch fish for hours, but his net comes up empty every time. A sudden storm sweeps across the lagoon, washing Gianni overboard. He struggles to stay afloat. All hope seems lost until a beautiful mermaid appears in front of Gianni, bearing a gift that will change the lives of the people of Burano forever. This story is a beautiful adaptation of the Italian folktale of how Burano began crafting its famous lace. Rich, intricate illustrations by noted illustrator Traci Van Wagoner complement the delicate tale. Readers young and old will appreciate the heroic actions of the courageous and compassionate Gianni and the prayerful faithfulness and creativity of loyal Nicoletta.
The release date is set for September, 2015