Milligan’s folktale-flavored telling, which incorporates elements of Druidic and early Christian beliefs, introduces Brigid, one of Ireland’s favorite saints, in a story that reveals the origin of her reputation for generosity. Borders of Celtic designs frame Cann’s mixed-media pictures and add both authenticity and wonder to the tale, which begins with her birth and goes on to tell of a vision in which she is transplanted to Jerusalem at the time of Jesus’ birth, welcomes Mary and Joseph, and helps care for the newborn baby Jesus. A full-page close-up of a Druid wizard holding the infant Brigid, wrapped in the blue cloak he gave her, is particularly impressive; his light-green eyes exude wisdom as his white hair flows around his face. Just as good is the portrait of the Holy Family, with Brigid in their midst, which evokes the peace and happiness Brigid feels at Mary’s kind words, ‘Thank you, child of the West. Your generosity will be remembered always.’ An author’s note explains more about Brigid and the stories surrounding her cloak.
Causes Bryce Milligan Supports
Almost anything that is not Republican. I am a pacifist, vegetarian, Green and Left.