Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Janet Balleta’s charming story, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, is based on a Colombian folk tale that Balleta learned from her mother when she was a young child. In the story, Judith and her little brother, Tomas, spend all day on Maundy Thursday with their...
Religious Books in School Libraries

Religious Books in School Libraries

School librarians want to make sure that their libraries have the books that children need to understand the diverse world they live in. And that diversity includes not only cities and farms, deserts and rain forests, whales and sharks and grizzly bears, it also...
The Case of the Disappearing Name Day

The Case of the Disappearing Name Day

This year, I don’t get a name day. I mean, that’s not quite true. Today is, in fact, my name day. In the Orthodox Church, we celebrate the feastday of our patron saint as our name day. My patron saint is Joseph the Betrothed, foster father of our Lord and protector of...
Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins: A Review

Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins: A Review

Of all the stories that we tell about St. Nicholas, the most familiar is probably the one that Jim Forest retells in Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins. The Story of the Poor Man and His Three Daughters It’s the story about a poor man who had three daughters. In...
Five Tips for a Merrier Christmas

Five Tips for a Merrier Christmas

Let’s all be honest: As much as we love Christmas, it’s stressful. Expectations are high. Expenses are high. Reality doesn’t match up to the images you see online. No wonder so many people take their Christmas decorations down on December 26. They’re ready for it all...

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