The Legend of Saint Christopher by Margaret Hodges

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""Will you carry me safely over the water?" asked the child.
"I will carry you, " Offero answered.
Then he lifted the child onto his shoulders.
He took his staff in his hand and stepped down into the river.

The legend of Saint Christopher, first written in the thirteenthcentury, tells the story of a strong man named Offero, who wants to findthe greatest ruler in all the world and to serve him as his bearer. Offero'ssearch is in vain until a mysterious child at a riverside asks Offero tocarry him over the river. Only after Offero has carried the child over theriver does he discover the child's true identity. ThenOffero's name is changed to Christopher.

Author Margaret Hodges retells with powerand simplicity this unforgettable tale ofthe man who became known as thepatron saint of travelers. Andillustrator Richard Jesse Watsonhas created hypnopompicpaintings that dramaticallycapture Offero's journey andthe brilliance of his discoveryof the One he sought.


About Margaret Hodges

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(19112005) Margaret Hodges was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Vassar College with honors and received a Masters in Library Science from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. After working as a childrens librarian, she was a professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences of the University of Pittsburgh. Margaret wrote numerous award-winning books for children. A majority of her work is inspired from folktales and historical figures. Richard Jesse Watson has been making books for children since 1984. He collaborated with Ruth Bell Graham on One Wintry Night, and his version of The Night Before Christmas was a New York Times bestseller. Watson won the Golden Kite Award for his picture book, Tom Thumb, and his illustrations have also been selected for the Society of Illustrator's Annual Exhibits. Richard and his wife, Susi, live in Port Townsend, Washington. Their children are following in his footsteps as writers and illustrators of children's books.
Published September 30, 2002 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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