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What Night Do the Angels Wander? Hardcover – September 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316814393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316814393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This story is a wonderful multi-cultural depiction of what goes on behind the scenes on Christmas Eve. It is full of angels in big, red dresses which draw the reader into the book. The verse and pictures make this a delight for children of all ages. I highly recommend this and Phoebe Stone's other stories to everyone who enjoys well written children's books with equally well done artwork.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 4 on December 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The artwork in this book is absolutely stunning. The message is warm and fuzzy. The angels feed the animals, sew a quilt of snow, trim a Christmas tree, and call all the deer to circle around it. They even bake cookies, skate around the sky, and play music. It's an interesting book of clever rhyme, worded for about ages 4-8, but if you are looking for a "Christian" Christmas story, this is not it. I was disappointed to find that not once in this "religious" book is the true reason for Christmas mentioned. Not once is Jesus mentioned, or even God for that matter. Unfortunately, according to this book, Christmas is all about the angels.
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