Can angels fly?
Can angels sing?
Yes, child. They can.
If angels can fly and angels can sing,
what do they wear when doing these things?
In this book from Eileen Spinelli and Emily Arnold McCully, a young child seeks to understand the nature of angels, in very childlike terms. A bedtime discussion between mother and daughter explores the secret lives of angels, from dancing and playing hide-and-seek to dressing in clothing that will be familiar to every child.
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Eileen Spinelli, the author of many other books for children, lives in Phoenixville, PA.
Maryann Cocca-Leffler, who has illustrated many picture books, lives in Saugus, MA.
PreSchool-K-Rhyming, fanciful answers to bedtime questions about angels showcase a child's inquisitive mind and a mother's patient love. The celestial beings are depicted as fairy-sized, but are otherwise ordinary-looking youngsters with wings. With mussed hair and robes askew, they are fully engaged in their activities, as described in the text: "Tell me, do they ever dance?/Every time they get a chance!/Tango, conga, bunny hop,/Hula, polka-they don't stop." Curving typeface scattered around and among oblivious angels enhances the airy, floating sensation created by the puffy clouds and airborne antics. The text has just enough bounce and grounding in day-to-day details (the sparkles that the cherubs put in their hair are offset by the wool socks they wear in winter) to avoid greeting-card territory. The red-haired protagonist resembles a younger version of the title character in McCully's Mirette on the High Wire (Putnam, 1992), and the angels are a diverse group, representing both genders and all races. Seamlessly blended together, art and text create a warm package for adults seeking a slightly sentimental read to share with their young ones.
Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL
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