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Guardian angels
Judd, Naomi.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2000]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 28 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
A young girl looks at a picture of her great-grandparents and knows that they are angels watching over her.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 55173.
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PZ8.3.J84 GU 2000 Juvenile Media Kit Open Shelf

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Naomi Judd's best-selling song "Guardian Angels" reminds us all of the power and importance of family. Now this touching song has been brought to life for children in a beautiful book-and-CD package. Accompanying the words of the song are nostalgic oil paintings that tell the moving story of a young girl who is leaving her home on the farm but knows that wherever she goes, her great-grandparents are watching over her. A free CD is included in each book, making Guardian Angels a must-have for any Judd fan.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-7. Inspired by an old family photograph, Naomi Judd's 1989 song "Guardian Angels" speaks of her feeling for her great-great-grandparents Elijah and Fanny. Though she never knew them, she feels supported by them in her everyday life. The refrain goes, "I might not know where I'm going / but I'm sure where I come from. They're my Guardian Angels / and I'm their special one." Interpreting the text with finesse are Dan Andreasen's soft-edged paintings that follow a young girl as she talks with her grandmother, walks around the farm, and packs up her belongings to leave for the city. In some of the paintings, Elijah and Fanny appear as shadowy figures, portrayed with a restraint that makes it possible for this picture book to be moving rather than maudlin. A CD of the song, performed by the Judds, Naomi and Wynonna, is housed in a plastic sleeve on the inside cover, sturdy enough for library circulation. Sentimental but satisfying, particularly for Judd fans. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Judd (Naomi Judd's Love Can Build a Bridge) once again transforms one of the mother-daughter duo's top-selling songs into a sentimental picture book about faith and family. "A hundred-year-old photograph stares out from a frame," begins the narrator, who sees a physical resemblance between herself and her great-grandparents. From the stories her grandmother has told her, the girl feels as if she knows the strong couple who built the small Kentucky farm where the book is set. From this introduction, Andreasen (Rose Red and the Bear Prince) visually embellishes the story line, portraying the narrator's emotions as she prepares to leave the farm for the city with her parents. Her great-grandparents' loving presence defuses her sadness: "They're my Guardian Angels/ and I know they can see,/ every step I take they're watching over me." Andreasen's soft-edged oil paintings put a more childlike slant on this song about a young woman who finds a way to keep her family ties strong as she moves out into the world. He wisely grounds the abstract theme in the particulars of the girl's life--taking one last walk around the farm, bidding farewell to a calf, packing up the car. Yet the paintings also raise questions that the sketchy lyrics don't answer (Do the parents live on the farm, too? Was the girl just visiting her grandmother?). This slice-of-life treatment, with a CD recording of the Judds' song bound inside the front cover, will likely be of greatest interest to fans of the Judds. Ages 4-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-The words to the Judds' song cast a child's ancestors Elijah and Fanny in the role of her Guardian Angels. While the text has the general feel of a country song, Andreasen's illustrations tell a more specific story. A young girl wakes up on her grandmother's farm, spends the day saying a tearful good-bye to the animals and her grandmother, and then packs up and moves to the city with her parents. Despite the modern car and city scenes, the muted tones and outdoor focus give the pictures a timeless feel that nicely reflects the lyrics. When read on its own, the text comes across as somewhat stilted. However, when read in conjunction with the enclosed CD of the song, the book becomes an affecting "music video" comprised of a series of stills. The Judds' sensitive performance and obvious emotional involvement with the song take the entire package past the point of mere sentimentality and into the realm of true sentiment. Of course, the celebrity name alone may be enough to generate patron requests, but the warm treatment of the theme of family and home is an added bonus.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.