Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Angela and the Baby Jesus

This book was recommended by A. Stafford in response to my Dec. 12 post. Thank you for bringing this nice title to my attention.

In this picture book, McCourt relates a story his mother told about her childhood. She had seen the Christ child in the nativity scene at church. He looked cold, so she stole him to keep him warm.

McCourt does an excellent job portraying the mix-ups that can occur when children act out of love according to their limited age and experience. The art work is appealing and re-enforces the beauty of the story.

There is one thing that might be a negative for some people. Because little Angela has a few mishaps while caring for the infant Jesus, it might seem disrespectful. The story is told in such a way that an adult reader and young children will hopefully enjoy the love shown by little Angela. An older child may react a bit boisterously at some of the mis-haps that occur during Angela's tenure as caretaker. But this, then, becomes a teaching moment.

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