From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2?Richly rendered folkloric angels are the selling point of this rhymed look at the special night when the celestial beings gather to celebrate Christmas Eve with the world's children. Sometimes awkward verses accompany each two-page spread: "And they call to children around the world/to pass the candle along./ The light that burns is the spirit of love/ that lives in the Christmas song." Perhaps better suited to adult gift giving and angel-cultists than to youngsters, this gloriously illustrated book has charm even if it doesn't have a story.?AC
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Ages 4^-7. Stone's text poses one long question about a special night: "What night do the angels wander the woods, / tossing fruits and acorns and seed / for the hungry rabbits and squirrels and birds / that come to the woods to feed?" Each impressive spread gives another clue: "And when do the angels skip and dance / in a crystal globe of light? / Around and around the lantern moon / they dance the wintry night?" The word imagery is mostly lovely, though occasionally pretentious, but probably an audience slightly older than the usual picture-book crowd will best be able to savor the words. The artwork, executed in pastels, is, naturally, full of angels, multiethnic creatures in glorious red dresses who sweep through the sky. Dotted with golden lights, caressed by roses, and inhabited by birds, animals, and dancing children, the pictures retain the essence of a magical dream. Ilene Cooper