Brigid’s Cloak by Bryce Milligan, illustrated by Helen Cann
(Suggested reading level: According to Amazon, ages 9-12. I think it should be closer to ages 6-9.)
This story based on an ancient tale about on of Ireland’s most beloved saints. On the day she is born Brigid receives a brilliant blue cloak from a mysterious Druid. Years later, the young girl still wears the now tattered cloak while she tends sheep.Then one night in December, when she is ten, after saying a prayer of thans at the end of the day, Brigid is transported to Bethlehem in time to help Mary and Joseph find the stable and make it comfortable. After she returns home, she is asked what happened.
Brigid pulled the old blue cloth from her shoulders only to find it changed. It was a deep rich blue again, blue like the easter sky at twilight, and on it were dozens of tiny glowing start.
“I was in Bethlehem…,” she began
I had never heard Brigid’s story before and enjoyed this retelling. The illustrations are colorful and depict the story beautiful. It’s a wonderful story of faith and trust. a note in the back tells more about Brigid, who was born around 450 A.D. It would also be a good book for Saint Brigid’s feast day, celebrated on the first of February.
My copy was borrowed from the library and the above is my honest opinoin. I am an Amazon associate.