I don't know how I've missed stained glass for so long. I can only think it's something to do with not having spent or mis-spent much time in churches over the years. I was put off horribly by Sunday School and announced very firmly after a couple of visits that I was never going back. I was three, and I never did.
Maybe if I'd seen windows like these when I was little, my interest would have been piqued. I would definitely have liked them because of their style is very similar to the Milly-Molly-Mandy illustrations by Joyce Lankester Brisley, and I loved Milly-Molly-Mandy, Billy Blunt and Little Friend Susan and their world. The chubby legs, bobbed hair and small noses, plus the general air of sweetness and earnestness are all typical of children's books of the 1920s; the MMM stories came out around 1928 and these windows were made by Arnold Wethen Robinson in 1925.
They are part of a larger 'Childhood of Jesus' window in the Berkeley Chapel in Bristol Cathedral. They tell a story simply and beautifully, and there is enough detail and narrative to keep little eyes and imagination engaged for quite some time. (The only problem is, of course, that they are way too high up for small children to see clearly. It makes me wonder why there isn't a children's book of stained glass stories, a collection of photos of the many lovely church windows featuring children which could be used for discussion, storytelling, and lots of colour recognition.)