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Library : Book Reviews > Country Angel...

Country Angel Christmas 
By Tomie dePaola 

Review by: Regina Baker

      It was almost Christmas and St. Nicholas has come to the country angels to make heaven ready.  They are all v very surprised at being asked, they do not feel they can compete with what the archangels and heavenly choir have done in years past. St. Nicholas tells them not to worry and to just be themselves and all will be fine.
      The next day Harim, the head angel, tells everyone how right St. Nicholas was and now everyone starts to make plans for Christmas.  There will be food, an animal procession, wreaths, banners and songs for all to sing.
      Now there are also three small angels, Ari, Pip, and Kia, they also want to be a part of  all the preparation, but they are to small to help bake a cake groom the animals or make a wreath. They want to know what they can do to help with the celebration. Once again St. Nicholas shows up and gives them an idea.
      It is now the morning of Christmas Eve, St. Nicholas is on his way to earth and promises to return that evening. The three littlest angels cannot wait for their surprise. The Country Angels work all day long. Finally St. Nicholas and all of heaven gather for the celebration. Just as the procession is about to start the Country Angels realize that Christmas Eve is one of the darkest nights of the year. What will they do?
      Then there is a murmuring among the angels and a glow appears in the sky, the littlest angles have brought the Star of Bethlehem. Silent night holy night All is clam All is bright.
      This is classic Tomie dePaola, his words and pictures bring the joy and warmth of Christmas to everyone. I cannot wait to share this story with my 3 year old class and would also use it for older children, for them it would make a great first reader.

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