Stories for the Festivals of the Year is a book that will be particularly appreciated by children aged six to nine years. At this age, children relate easily to the pictorial language of fairy tales and legends where both human and supernatural beings are closely connected. Irene Johanson is much at home in the world of these images and has retold some major events of Christ's life with this approach. The result is a pleasure, not just for younger children, but for the whole family. Even adults can find new perspectives from the telling of these stories. Ideally, they should be read aloud or, better still, retold to the child or family together, especially as they link to the Christian Festivals around the year.