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The Unfinished Angel Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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Three pages into Unfinished Angel, I turned to my wife and said, 'This is incredibly good.' I raced through the book. What a joyful experience, very funny, very touching. Maybe it is because my Italian grandmom, who couldn't read or write, talked just like this angel. Maybe it is because I am not at all religious but really need and want an angel. Or maybe it is because I don't have kids and got to share some in this wonderful book.
The back cover, I think, said it was for children 7 to 12 - something like that. Ha! It is for anyone, any age. The humor and plays on words on are so imaginative. When I finished the book, I turned to my wife, a tear on my face, and said: 'It was poetry.'
So I thank my angel for finding The Unfinished Angel in a trash bin.
I have read several other Sharon Creech books since, and I am a huge fan -- Love that Dog, Hate that Cat, Two Moons. 'Unfinished Angel' is still my favorite. It lacks the deeper emotion of those other books, but it radiates joy. It's a treasure.
Zola's father is an educator, and his goal is to teach peace and tolerance to youngsters from all nations in hopes of eradicating social evils. Zola is a social activist of her own merits and discovers local children hiding in a barn at night who don't have parents, food, clothing, or shelter. Zola sets out to remedy their plight but not by herself. She insists that a local "angel" living in the tower near her home help her aid the starving children.
The "unfinished angel" is the primary narrator of this tale that centers on saving local children while a host of tangent plot lines circle at their own pace. A nasty neighbor who speaks Italian and throws garbage in Zola's yard is disarming with her temperament. Zola's dad is distant and distracted but always a constant in her life until mother and brother arrive (without explanations as to why they weren't there in the first place.) And then there is Zola herself:
"Zola, she is intrigueful to me. In her many-layered clothings, with her chippy-choppy hair and the eyes with the big black poppils, in her sometimes bossy way, she has also the soft heart of a bunny.Read more ›
This book is full of crazy characters like Signora Divino who lives next door and is always sneaking her snakes into their yard (they keep following her back home!). And her dog who barks arf, arf, arf, arf day and night until even the angel wants to kill it. And there's Signor Rubini who collects drawers full of blue socks because when he was a child he always had cold feet. And the bossy Zolo, the girl who moves into the Angel's casa. She wears at least 3 outfits at once even though it is summer. But the best is the angel who drops pinecones on the heads of people she doesn't like and has the craziest vocabulary--but deep down wants most of all to be a "finished" angel.
I just loved every word of this hilarious book. I highly recommend it for both kids and adults.
all my friends. It is a book that can be enjoyed by adults as well as children. Absolutely wonderful!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazing book. My 11 year old daughter loved it. I reccomend it for children and grown ups too!Published 17 months ago by mabel longuetti
Great read aloud book for the whole family. This copy was sent as a gift so I'm not sure how the vendor rates.Published 18 months ago by consumeless
We were introduced to Sharon Creech's work while my daughter was in a 4th grade gifted program. This author quickly became one of my daughter's favorites! Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is my first Sharon Creech read and I can say that I am now hooked (and yes, I am very adultish - 50 years old- to put this in angel-speak, which you will understand when you... Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by Seina
Not a very interesting story, and not worth buying. It was actually irritating listening to it. Wouldn't recommend it. Sorry.Published on June 2, 2014 by Eileen P.
The story is good. The "angle talk/words" are disrupting to the story though -- making it difficult to understand and follow the story at times.Published on March 15, 2014 by Rita L Toepfer
Is a story about how an Angel may feel unfinished with the job they are given in Heaven. How peoples don't fully understand them.Published on March 1, 2014 by Jennifer Breaker
I loved the way she incorporated false words to make the book even better! I love her work and I cant wait to read more!Published on January 15, 2014 by Elizabeth Norten