This is the story of the Nativity, starting with the holy family's trip to Bethlehem. It should please many and outrage none. Told in a simple style that will make easy reading for everyone in the family, it is graced by many loving details about the life of the times which have been carefully examined and are spun into the fabric of the story without affectation. The devout will derive great pleasure from learning of the food that Mary most likely ate in those momentous days, the flowers and animals she saw on her trip, and the people met on the journey. The relationship between Joseph and Mary has both tenderness and the animation of small incident which gives this retelling its accessibility and universality for a modern audience, old and young.