It’s Christmas Eve in the year 722, and Kristoph, a young orphan boy, is accompanying the missionary priest, Boniface, through the German countryside on their way to the first Christmas the boy will celebrate outside the orphanage. When the pair happens upon a group of men worshiping a sacred oak and preparing to sacrifice the son of the village chieftain, Boniface’s brave actions change their hearts and initiate the tradition of bringing evergreen trees into the home to shelter “loving gifts and lights of kindness.” After rescuing the captive boy, Kristoph cuts down a fir tree for their own celebration of “happiness and hope.” Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree is a beautiful retelling of the legend of the martyr who became the patron saint of Germany. Includes "A Prayer of Blessing for a Christmas Tree."
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