The Saint Nicolas Day Snow book for children shares an Orthodox story which may be read to help children understand their own or other religious. My mother took us to an Orthodox church to broaden our horizons, and I still remember the experience. The church and service were beautiful. This book has a focus on the children and is for ages 4-8. Shoes or stockings? Horse or sleigh? Does Saint Nicholas visit on December 6 or on Christmas Eve? Will a little girl’s prayer be answered? When Elizabeth has to stay at Catherine’s house, she’s worried about her grandmother, and worried that Saint Nicholas won’t find her. The grownups, though, are worried about snow. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
The following page has a sample photo bubble of one of the Saint Nicholas churches mentioned in the book. There is a story within a story about a sick grandmother and those scenes are shown on the right side in image bubbles that resemble tree ornaments. There is much to engage the children for them to notice, discuss, and think about on each elaborately decorated page. How difficult it is for children during holidays or birthdays when a family member is ill.
Charlotte Riggle, the author, has been a writer most of her life, although Catherine’s Pascha was her first children’s book. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She and her husband share a charming old house full of books and music, her grandmother’s paintings, and a large, fluffy, white dog. This is a link to her website.
Also, there is a wealth of information about Saint Nicholas on the informational pages about the book. I read all the articles and pages and was amazed at what I learned. I lived in the Netherlands for a year and thought I knew more about him! I did not! The story about how the coins were first dropped in socks and shoes was totally new to me. Live and learn, that is what is fun.