The Miracle in Bethlehem

A Storyteller's Tale

Sarah Burton; Illustrated by Katriona Chapman

Out of print

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A unique retelling of the Christmas story weaves ancient nativity legends into the familiar narrative. Will help children and parents alike enjoy and wonder at the story anew, through fresh eyes.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Story Books & Anthologies
8 b/w illustrations
Age Range:
From 7 to 10 years
64 pages
Publication date:
25 Sep 2008


'Once upon a time, perhaps two thousand years ago, or maybe only yesterday, a man stood under a tree and waited. As he waited, people began to arrive: old people, young people, children, parents with babies, and even a couple of dogs. They settled on the cool grass under the shade of the great tree, all around the Storyteller, for that is who the man was. Once a year, everyone gathered round to hear him tell this story.'

The storyteller’s tale is one we think we all know: the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of a very special baby. But do we know it? This unique retelling weaves ancient nativity legends -- now largely forgotten -- into the familiar narrative.

Its short chapters make it ideal for nightly Advent readings or bedtime storytelling. Children will rediscover the wonder and sparkle of this great story by hearing it from some less common angles. Even parents will find it both moving and surprising, and may see the traditional narrative through fresh eyes.


'An interesting approach to a well-known story.'
-- Creative Steps magazine, Nov/Dec 2008


Sarah Burton is a journalist and author. She has written and reviewed for publications as varied as BBC History Magazine, The Spectator and The Independent, as well as writing for stage and radio. She lives near Ely in Cambridgeshire. This is her first book for children.


Another alternative telling of the Christmas story which lends itself well to night Advent readings:
Mary's Little Donkey

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