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The shy little angel
Brown, Ruth.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
One little angel is reluctant to join the others in rejoicing at the birth of Jesus in a school recreation of the Nativity.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday

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Beloved author Ruth Brown has created a magically surprising Christmas story in which things are never as they appear. Against Gabriel's strictest orders, the littlest angel willfully (and quite rudely) refuses to visit the newborn baby in the manger. But readers are in for the biggest surprise of all when she finally does show'and they find that the littlest angel is no angel at all! She's simply a little girl with one awful case of stage fright.Brown's warm watercolor-and-acrylic illustrations render her divine cast of characters vulnerable and endearing. The stubborn, spirited personality of the lovable heroine will win over both defiant and shy little girls, particularly aspiring thespians. The Shy Little Angel also makes a heavenly holiday gift to share with reluctant Christmas-pageant performers.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. The shy little angel refuses to come down to greet the newborn baby Jesus. The other angels try to change her mind, telling her that Gabriel has insisted everyone be there and that she'll be in big trouble if she doesn't come. She still refuses to budge, though she watches from nearby so she doesn't miss anything. Just when little listeners are beginning to ask why all the angels in the story look like modern children, the surprise is revealed: the shy little angel is a schoolgirl in the Christmas play who has a bad case of stage fright. When she finally enters the spotlight, everyone cheers for her, including the principal, Mr. Gabriel. Brown's full-color illustrations make this perfect for sharing with small groups; children will delight in the unexpected turn of events that make this such a special holiday story. (Reviewed October 1, 1998)0525460799Helen Rosenberg

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2‘The littlest angel absolutely refuses to greet the newborn baby Jesus. All of the other angels plead with her, pointing out that Gabriel will definitely notice if she's not there, but she doesn't care. However, she doesn't want to miss a thing, so she peers down at the Nativity scene below...and that is when the stage backdrop falls, revealing that the little cherub is an unwilling participant in a Christmas pageant, directed by her school's principal, Mr. Gabriel. The little girl ends up beaming as she gets the loudest applause of all. Young children won't understand the subtle joke, but they will relate to the child's shyness and stubbornness. The text is simple and avoids sentimentality. The illustrations, rendered in watercolor and acrylic, are awash with a golden light, casting a warm glow on the multiethnic cast members. The tousle-haired little angel shows a whole range of emotions on her face, from obstinacy to ecstasy. A sweet holiday choice, particularly for young pageant participants and viewers.‘EM (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.