Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season By C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Goudge, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and others

I was thrilled to see a book of Easter stories minus the worldly trappings. This book is a treasury of 27 stories by world famous authors, some dating back as far as the 1800’s. Some were translated from other languages. I found this extremely interesting as I saw the details the eyes of someone from another country.
The book has many different kinds of stories; allegories, fables, parables, and legends. In their own special way, they all focus on Christ and His gift to us. Some of the writings are very serious and somewhat heavy reading, while others are whimsical and fun. Many moral and spiritual examples are presented through the author’s unique writing style, but not all pertain directly to the scriptures.
The description says that the book excellent for reading to children. I do not think most of it would be something younger children would be interested in or understand. An amazing collection of true classics.
I received this book free from Handlebar. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Rasmus and the Vagabond By Astrid Lindgren

When I was saw this book was by Astrid Lindgren, the author of, Pippi Longstocking, I knew it would be good! The Pippi books were favorites of mine and my children in our childhoods. Written in 1956, this book will take you back to the time when children’s books were not only entertaining and fun, but also wholesome. Oh how I miss books like this!
While doing chores, Rasmus finds a silver coin and sees it his opportunity to flee his orphanage home. He wants to find a family that will want him and he feels he can do better on his own. Being only 9 years old, he quickly finds life on the outside is hard, especially for a little boy all alone.
While staying in a barn one night, he meets a hobo named Paradise Oscar; a kind hearted and wise man. Rasmus quickly bonds to Oscar, who takes him under his wing caring for him and teaching him the ways of the road. The story of their travel together is quite the adventure. Lots of mystery, drama, excitement, and unexpected surprises draw the reader into this wonderful tale.
The characters are colorful and yet believable. As an adult I found it an extremely good read and engaging. I am so happy this book was brought back into print! We need more children’s books like this! I can’t wait to share it with my grandchildren. I also plan to read it to their classes at school.
I received this book free from Handlebar. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.