New Chime Travelers: The Strangers at the Manger

The Chime Travelers series by Lisa Hendey features fun-filled, time-travel adventures with a Catholic message that takes kids to long-ago times and faraway lands.

Each book features prayers and a short bio to introduce children to a major saint’s life and legend. Discussion questions about saints, sacraments, and Catholic life help children understand what they’ve learned through the stories.

The most recent story is perfect for the Advent/Christmas season.
 
In The Strangers at the Manger, it’s Christmas time at St. Anne parish, and a new family has arrived! The Perez family doesn’t look like the other families in the parish. As five-year-old Mateo stares at Katie and Patrick, clutching his little stuffed burro, they see he’s just puzzled about them. But it’s Father Miguel’s job to take care of them, right? Just then, a bell rings and the twins are swept up in another Chime Travel adventure, this time to find Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem.

This fresh yet authentic retelling of the biblical Infancy Narratives sheds new light on the life of the Holy Family. And when at last the Magi arrive, Katie asks Mary, “Are you sure you want all of these strangers around the baby?” Mary smiles. “Strangers are simply new friends, just waiting to be loved.” Katie and Patrick think of the Perez family. Can they still make new friends for Christmas?

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Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her eleventh year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Catholic Baby Name Book" and "Letters to Mary from a Young Mother." She blogs at spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com