Are you familiar with author Opal Wheeler and her composer series for children? Well, my friend, let me introduce you to this little known gem. Her travel-journal-turned-prose from a long-awaited trip to Bethlehem at Christmastime was published in 1952, and it will stir your spirit in these slow and sacred days. .
“My feet were treading the stubble fields now, to find little patches here and there wrinkles and furrowed with plowing. On these very plains, so long ago on a wintry night, shepherds had tended their flocks, all unknowing of the glory that was soon to shine around them.
“One lonely star in the green of the sky flowed softly, and the beautiful story, told so simply by St. Luke, swept into my mind” (pp. 48-49).
Mrs. Wheeler traditionally gifted the entire set of children’s books from her publisher for a given year to the children in her family. You may not be able to gift that many books, but perhaps you can find this lovely sixty pages for the bibliophile in your life. Or for yourself? .
#oldbooks tip: set the book on top of a dehumidifier overnight, and that mildew stench will be gone!