Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas

Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas

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by Michael J. Rosen, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
     
 

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Michael and Elijah are friends, but when Elijah gives Michael one of his special carved angels, Michael doesn’t know what to do. How can he possibly take home a Christmas angel, a forbidden graven image—especially on Chanukah? “A strikingly illustrated story that tenderly bridges the boundaries of age, race, and religion.”—American

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Michael and Elijah are friends, but when Elijah gives Michael one of his special carved angels, Michael doesn’t know what to do. How can he possibly take home a Christmas angel, a forbidden graven image—especially on Chanukah? “A strikingly illustrated story that tenderly bridges the boundaries of age, race, and religion.”—American Bookseller

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Rosen's story is based on the life of Elijah Pierce, a wood carver, lay minister, barber, and educator from Columbus. The main character in the story is Michael who adores the elderly Elijah. When the first day of Chanukah falls on the same day as Christmas Eve, Elijah surprises Michael with the gift of a beautiful angel and tells him "I send prayers to all the wood I've ever carved; now you'll always be in my prayers." Michael is deeply honored and immediately treasures the gift, but begins to worry about bringing home a Christian guardian angel on the first night of Chanukah. Michael's wise parents assure him that "It's an angel of friendship. And doesn't friendship mean the same thing in every religion?" And on Christmas morning when the streets are empty, Michael and his family set out with their "footprints connecting our house and his barbershop in a perfect dotted line", so that Michael can give Elijah, his handmade menorah. For all eight nights of Chanukah, Elijah's menorah glows and sheds light his beautiful carvings. The human connections and universal truths of this story are expressed with light humor. Robinson illustrations are based on her memories of many hours spent creating stories and art while at Elijah's side. Her illustrations shine with tribute as well as color.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
In certain years Christmas and Chanukah fall on the same date. A young Jewish boy, Michael, is given a carved wooden angel by his African-American friend, an old man in his eighties. He is concerned that it may not be an appropriate gift, but his wise parents assure him that it is a gift of friendship. In return, Michael presents his friend with a menorah he made. Wonderful illustrations accompany this tender and heartwarming story.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Please don't relegate Elijah's Angel to the holiday-books shelf, even if it is subtitled "A Story for Chanukah and Christmas." Michael J. Rosen's reminiscence of his boyhood friendship with 80-year-old Elijah Pierce is a marvelous read-aloud or -alone any time of year; whenever family, friendship, or tradition is on the agenda, for instance. Artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson's colorful illustrations reflect her memories of the woodcarver/barber she, too, knew. Rather than tell you anything about the book and deprive you of the pleasure I had as, with no inkling of its contents, the story unfolded, I'll just say, "Enjoy!"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152015589
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.01(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile:
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
RevMichael¿¿¿¿¿ More than 1 year ago
Michael Rosen has managed to capture the essence of faith and friendship in this beautifully illustrated book, in the four main protagonists whose faith is taken seriously but not somberly. In Elijah, the evangelical woodcarving barber; in Michael, the young Jewish boy who is Elijah's neighbor; and in Michael's parents, whose thoughtfulness in helping Michael interpret the nature of one's relationship with God and friendship; they all come together to provide a fascinating glimpse into each of their perspectives. As a Jewish kid named Michael myself, whose spiritual journey has included passage through the evangelical Christian tradition and on into becoming a liberal Christian minister, I was captivated by Michael Rosen's honesty with the characters, letting them be who they really are, and by the ultimate end of being respected and honored for the presence of friendship and love they brought to one another. A great read, and more personally, a real tear-jerker as it recalled for me my recently late (and very Jewish and very beloved) mother, who loved Christmas.