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For Richard With thanks to friends and family Copyright © Louise Cross, 2008 First published 2010 by CWR, Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8EP, UK. Registered Charity No. 294387. Registered Limited Company No. 1990308. This reformatted edition published in 2013 by CWR. The right of Louise Cross to be identified as the author and illustrator of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission in writing of CWR. Visit www.cwr.org.uk/distributors for list of National Distributors. Scriptures quoted from the International Children’s Bible, New Century Version (Anglicised Edition) copyright © 1991 by Nelson Word Ltd, Milton Keynes, England. Used by permission. Editing and production by CWR Printed in England by Bishops ISBN: 978-1-85345-995-5

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The Road to

This story is based on Luke 2:1–20 and matthew 2:1–12

Bethlehem

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Many years ago, there was a very rich emperor called Augustus and he lived in a large palace at the top of the town.

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Emperor Augustus wanted to count all the people in the Roman Empire. He decided that he couldn’t possibly count them all on his fingers and toes.

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So the emperor thought really hard and ordered everyone in the whole of the Roman Empire to return to the town of their birth. There they would have to sign their names on a big register.

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Emperor Augustus was very pleased with his excellent plan and he went to relax in his royal bath.

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