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Angela and the Baby Jesus: (Children's…

Angela and the Baby Jesus: (Children's Edition) (2007)

by Frank McCourt

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1. loved the art. am a little tired of frank mccourt but this was ok.
2. same story, different art. ( )
  mahallett | May 2, 2012 |
This title, about a little girl named Angela who steals the baby Jesus from the nativity scene at her church, ended up being a lot funnier than I anticipated. She takes him because she thinks he's cold, then she absconds with him to her home. One of the funniest parts is when she throws him over the high fence to her backyard and accidentally throws him in her neighbor's yard. Poor baby Jesus! Lolz. Eventually the baby Jesus is returned to his right ful place, but not until Angela is ratted out by her not-quite-right brother. (One of the plot elements is some sort of hinting that the brother is mentally challenged or something - I'm not sure because I've not read any of Frank McCourt's other books about his family. But it's sort of a weird element to include without any follow through.)

The illustrations are done in an interesting style that creates a lot of texture. It looks like paint was laid down and then scraped off with some sort of comb or brush. Very visually engaging. Everything looks very soft and scenes are filled with warm light.

The text is definitely too long for a storytime - maybe for an older kids' read aloud? But they'd still have to be pretty patient and non-squirmy! ( )
  allawishus | Jan 28, 2010 |
A lovely Christmas story with illustrations. ( )
  yosbooks | Dec 28, 2009 |
I love Frank McCourt's imagery and the way he describes Angela's thoughts. A lovely Christmas book! ( )
  Cailin | Dec 5, 2009 |
A completely sweet children's book telling the tale of Angela who rescues the baby Jesus from the local church because he is cold. Wonderful true tale. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Sep 9, 2009 |
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To the memory of my mother, Angela, who told a story that lodged in my seven-year-old mind - F.M.

For my dear aunt Carmen - R.C.
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When my mother, Angela, was six years old, she felt sorry for the Baby Jesus in the Christmas crib at St. Joseph's Church near School House Lane where she lived.
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At Christmastime, six-year-old Angela takes the baby Jesus from the cold church manger to her warm house in Limerick, Ireland. Based on a childhood story told by the author's mother.

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