Glorious Angels: A Celebration of Children

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9780064467261: Glorious Angels: A Celebration of Children

In the companion volume to his highly acclaimed Brown Angels, award-winning author Walter Dean Myers once again pays tribute to childhood through poems and photographs. Here he pairs his eloquent words with antique portraits of children from all over the world, reminding readers that "when we celebrate these children, we celebrate ourselves.".

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Children are our most precious gift and we should cherish them with all our hearts -- that is the universal message in this breathtaking companion volume to Walter Dean Myers' bestselling Brown Angels.

Turn-of-the-century photographs of children from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds grace the pages of this moving picture book, framed by loving, lilting verse that sings of the wonder and necessity of celebrating children around the world.

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Ages 6^-9. Following up on his book of photographs of African American children, Brown Angels (1993), Myers now presents a collection of turn-of-the-century photos featuring children from many cultures. As Myers notes in his introduction, "Children throughout the world recognize other children. . . . The nationality or race of the child never matters." In expressing the idea that childhood is universal, the photos show kids in all sorts of poses, everything from Asian children in traditional costumes with their extended families to American youngsters in a Fourth of July parade. Tying everything together is a poem by Myers in which the voice of a mother, a father, and a whole village chime together to celebrate the children: "Let the gospel choir shout praises unto them / And the saints of God / feed them kola nuts and honey / As the elders warm them / with their smiles." Handsomely designed, this may be primarily a bookstore item, but libraries with an audience for Brown Angels will also want this. Ilene Cooper

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