Books on Religion and Belief

Fox, Frances Margaret Illustrated by Mildred Elgin: Legends of the Christ Child (11512)

Sheed & Ward 1st UK 1945
8vo, turquoise clth cvred bds with blue lettering to spine, sunning to
bd edges (esp to spine, v v min chps + sl splitting to d/w, dulling to
d/w spine o/w VG+/VG+ 200 gms
(Order reference 11512).

This is an absolutely enchanting book, Frances Margaret Fox tells her stories of how the nightingale learned to sing, where the firefly got its fire and the beetle the sheen on its back and the robin the red on its breast, of the fun-loving olive tree and the teamwork of a fly and a spider, of why small children are called little kids (as they sometimes are, but of course not always) - in a way to make any child clap his hands. She does not forget to remind the children that they are legends; but she manages, effortlessly, to convey the truth, that all creation rejoiced when the Child was born in Bethlehem .