Angel & the Christmas Rabbit: 24 Advent Stories

Overview

A little angel has been chosen to find the best Christmas present this year, only he doesn't know where to begin looking. The wise old rabbit offers to help, and what follows is a marvelous exchange of stories, as the rabbit and the angel tell each other tales of gifts and deeds that illustrate the spirit of Christmas. Could it be that this is the best Christmas present of all, sharing stories and spending time together?
These wonderful short tales, one for each day of Advent, ...

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Overview

A little angel has been chosen to find the best Christmas present this year, only he doesn't know where to begin looking. The wise old rabbit offers to help, and what follows is a marvelous exchange of stories, as the rabbit and the angel tell each other tales of gifts and deeds that illustrate the spirit of Christmas. Could it be that this is the best Christmas present of all, sharing stories and spending time together?
These wonderful short tales, one for each day of Advent, are accompanied by lovely illustrations from fourteen internationally accomplished artists. And like the best Christmas present, this book just might inspire families to start a new holiday tradition—to count the days to Christmas by reading together!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Angel & the Christmas Rabbit: 24 Advent Stories, edited by Brigitte Weninger, mixes titles new and previously published (mostly abroad) to pass the days leading up to the holiday. The short stories tie together through conversations between the titular cherub and hare, as they attempt to think of the perfect gift. Miriam Monnier illustrates these transitional scenes, while Birte Muller, Eve Tharlet and various other artists illustrate the 24 none-too-familiar tales. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Twenty-four tales are loosely knit together by the story of a small angel who tumbles to earth while on a quest to find the perfect gift. He encounters an old rabbit, and the two swap stories. Ten authors (from the editor to Leo Tolstoi) and fourteen illustrators are represented in the compilation. Most of the stories share similar themes relevant to the season, concerning the joy of giving, the grace of sharing and the warmth of family and home. All of the tales are fairly short, just the perfect length for a bedtime story. Reading these would be an ideal Advent activity, involving children in the expectant waiting of the season while gently teaching important lessons. The first page of each story overlies a large number from 1-24, so it is easy to keep track of progress through the book. The variety of artwork will also keep little ones interested in seeing what comes next. 2004 (orig. 2002), minedition/Penguin, Ages 4 to 10.
—Dr. Judy Rowen
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Originally published in German, this is a collection by various authors, including half a dozen "connecting stories" by Weninger. They are loosely bound by the concept of an angel and a rabbit discussing ideas for a perfect Christmas present. The offerings range from a retelling of the "Gingerbread Man" to the tale of a little girl whose wish for snow comes true, and they vary in quality and interest. Most of the paintings, contributed by various artists, are compelling, but they are few and far between. The conversations between the angel and rabbit have an arbitrary feel, but the illustrations of these characters are among the most appealing in the book. Not a necessary purchase.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641680403
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/14/2005
  • Pages: 109
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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