- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (September 20, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374303312
- ISBN-13: 978-0374303310
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,412,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Angela's Wings Hardcover – September 20, 1995
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-One morning Angela awakens to discover she has grown wings overnight. Her startled family and classmates respond with disbelief and a few jokes. However, words of wisdom from the building janitor and her grandmother easily convince her to capitalize on her uniqueness. Nones's paintings recall David Wiesner's style. The hyperrealism makes the wings seem particularly strange, contrasting with the background of Angela's everyday life. David Small used the same premise in Imogene's Antlers (Crown, 1988) and handled words and illustrations with more humor and verve. Small also injected messages of individuality and self-acceptance with a subtlety that's missing here. Although Nones shows flashes of humor, such as when the little girl uses her new appendages to improve her basketball skills or to add pizzazz to her role as an angel in the Christmas pageant, the message dominates the story. Check your shelves to make sure Imogene's Antlers is in good repair and consider buying a new copy of it before investing in Angela's Wings.
Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 3^-8. When Angela sprouts wings, she hopes no one will notice. They notice. The words in this picture book are colloquial and laconic, and the double-page-spread illustrations are a wonderful combination of fact and magic. The scenes start off at home with Angela's family (who appear to be Latino or Italian). Her parents are shocked to see her appear with wings at the breakfast table. People in the neighborhood laugh at her. Kids point when she boards the school bus in her neat, plaid school uniform and her big white wings. At first she tries to hide, but her grandmother tells Angela to accept what's special about herself, and then she really flies. The words tell us her life goes back to normal ("Well, sort of" ); at the same time, the pictures get wilder and wilder. She's a star at basketball--and in the school Christmas pageant. She flies with the kites in the street carnival and sails high above the city skyscrapers, smiling and strong. Hazel Rochman
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