The Beggar and the Bluebird


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The Beggar and the Bluebird is a modern-day fairytale in the tradition of Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm Brothers. It tells the moving story of a little bird whose flight southward for the winter keeps getting delayed because of the strange requests of a local street beggar.

The beggar asks the bird to deliver bread to a homeless man, money to a widow with children, and a gold cross to a sick boy in the hospital. As a result of performing these acts of mercy, the kind bird gets caught in a massive winter snowstorm. All seems lost, until an astonishing turn of events reveals the true identity of the street beggar.

An inspiring story of risk and sacrifice, The Beggar and the Bluebird teaches children the true meaning of gift-giving and demonstrates that great love is always rewarded by God—though often not in ways we can predict.

The poignant and miraculous ending is sure to bring happy tears to young and older readers alike.

  • Pages: 32
  • Format(s): Paperback, All eBook Formats
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-515-0
  • Product Code: 5150
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2021
  • Categories: By Title, Children’s Books, New Releases
All Year Long
While oriented toward Christmas, "The Beggar and the Bluebird" by Anthony DeStefano is the type of story that can really be shared all year long. Richard Cowdrey's delightful illustrations bring to life an adorable bluebird who's anxious to take off from the city for his annual flight South. When a stranger invites the bluebird to help him with a few acts of generosity, the bird delays his plans to help those in need. In the end, his valiant service does not go unnoticed! Anthony DeStefano's stories always contain deeper layers of teaching and meaning that will prompt conversations for families. Parents of little ones will want to read the story first before sharing to make sure that the message here is received in an age-appropriate fashion. A lovely story to share for Christmas, but really one that's important all year long!
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