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Summary: This is the story about a group of young angels who were having difficulty keeping out of trouble and finding ways to be useful and happy in heaven. With coaching from some adult angels, the young angels decided to pool their talents and become Earth Angels. Earth Angels serve as messengers, protectors, and guardians to people in need. Together, they decided to call themselves Angels With Attitudes or the A.W.A. Gang for short. This is the story of how the A.W.A. Gang got started.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 12; read yourself: 8 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: This is a very nicely illustrated book, with double-paged spacious pictures of the place where young angels hang out and cook up winning schemes for earth kids to win. Boy and girl angels turn out to be the same as anyone else-joking, teasing each other and eager to sell their good ideas to the adults. This is the first book in the series, and it has a washable cover. The print is large enough for an older reader to enjoy reading out loud. I love this book, and would recommend it for reading with toddlers or for independent readers up to 10.
Adult Reader Reaction: The premise of the story is creative and captures the reader’s attention immediately. The illustrations embellish the story. Eye catching graphics and a creative story spells combine to produce an enjoyable and memorable read.
Pros: This book (like the others in the series) draws on stories from the Old and New Testament in a way that will be interesting and meaningful to young people.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Parents and Sunday School Teachers will find this book, as well as the series, to be well worth the purchase price.
Educational Themes: This book gives parents, teachers, and Sunday school teachers a valuable and enjoyable resource to share with their charges.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, religion and philosophy
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2004
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