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Author: Patricia Stirnkorb

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Publisher: Journeystone Productions,

Material: board book

Summary: In this book, we meet each of the Angels. We learn about their special qualities and their all-important journeystone. This is a board-book backpack; it's the first of the series for the AWA gang

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Reading Level: 4.2

Age of Child: started reading at 3 years old

Young Reader Reaction: It didn't take long for our preschooler to start reading the angels' bios herself. We started reading it five months ago, and she STILL carries the angels on her back!

Adult Reader Reaction: The portability of having backpack angels is wonderful, and certainly contributed to our preschooler's interest in the book. It gets hard re-reading the bios, as there is no plot for this particular book. It would be nice to have a follow-up story targeted at this age group.

Pros: The board book is sturdy AND the straps offer added entertainment value. Preschoolers will love being able to 'read' for themselves.

Cons: There is not storyline, only an introduction to the A.W.A. Gang. Because the other books are targeted to an older audience (lots more words). there could be a lag or loss of interest.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The premise is great, and it’s the first in a collection of books that are worth treasuring.


Educational Themes: There is an opportunity to reinforce the idea that the "whole is greater than its parts" by celebrating each angel's talents. With the backpack, kids might better understand how they have a guardian angel on their shoulder!

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, Christian, teamwork

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004

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