Collected by Ineke Verschuren
Illustrated by Ronald Heuninck
This collection of over thirty stories, legends and folk tales reflects the season around Easter and early summer. In this season there are also a number of other important religious festivals: Ascension, Whitsun and St. John’s.
Some of the stories, like “St. Veronica,” are placed in the context of the great Easter and Whitsun events. Others, like “The Bargemaster’s Easter,” show the effect of these events on the human heart. For younger children, folk tales from all round the world illustrate at a deeper imaginative level the theme of sacrifice and the triumph of love and loyalty over adversity. The motif of resurrection, in which the character throws off an outer skin and emerges in a new, truer and shining guise, recurs again and again.
This collection is another one of those treasures that can grace your family life for many, many years. Excellent.