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The Legend of St. Christopher

adapted by Margaret Hodges

illustrated by RJ Watson

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2002

ISBN:0-80235077

ISBN:0-802850074

ISBN:9780802853608

Author Margaret Hodges retells with power and simplicity this unforgettable tale of the man who became known as the patron saint of travelers. 

And illustrator Richard Jesse Watson has created hypnopompic paintings that dramatically capture Offero's journey and his discovery of the One he sought. 

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The legend of Saint Christopher first written in the thirteenth century, tells the story of a strong man named Offero who wanted to find the greatest ruler in all the world and to serve him as his bearer. 

Offero's search was in vain until a mysterious child at a riverside asks Offero to carry him over the river. Only after, did he discover the child's true identity. Then Offero's name is changed to Christopher, Christ-bearer. 

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