From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2. As Tyler, an African-American boy, and his family decorate their Christmas tree, he asks why all the angels are girls with golden hair and pink skin and never black boys. His parents don't know. He decides to go out every day after school and look for an angel like himself but has no success. Frustrated, he asks the mall Santa, whom he recognizes as the young art student who sometimes baby-sits for Tyler's family, but Carl doesn't know the answer. Then, after the family looks at the Nativity scene at the Christmas Eve service, Tyler wants to know why baby Jesus doesn't look Jewish. His parents can't answer that question, either. On Christmas morning, however, he finds a package with a beautifully carved angel that looks just like him. When he goes to thank Carl for the gift, he asks for a special favor. His Asian, Hispanic, and other friends all want special angels, too. The story is skillfully and sweetly written, and its point is well taken. Radiant watercolors painted in an idealized realistic technique and arranged in double-page spreads show an attractive family in a comfortable home. A thoughtful holiday selection with a theme that can be appreciated all year round.?Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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Unusual, entertaining and beautifully illustrated in watercolour Bookseller The lifelike watercolour illustrations and sensitive text combine to make a thoughtful story Nursery Projects A wonderful story that gently explores race issues 100 Best Books
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