The Legend of Old Befana

Author: Tommie DePaola
Age Recommendation: 5+

The Legend of Old Befana

This Italian Christmas folktale is about an old woman called Old Befana. She watches as the three wisemen make their way to visit the baby Jesus. She wants to join them and bring the baby a present, too. In the end you’ll learn why Italian children today wait for Old Befana to visit them. 

Kidculture Journal Questions

Do you ever wait for something to happen or for someone to come? How do you feel when you wait? What do you like to do to pass the time while you are waiting for something?