Measuring Angels

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The narrator of Measuring Angels hates school. It gets even worse when Sophie, a bully and a gossip, becomes her partner for a new science project: to make a sunflower grow. When Sophie snatches the seed and shoves it into the ground, the two girls argue and the little plant does not thrive. "That sunflower is not happy," says the teacher. So the two girls decide to make a cardboard angel to watch over the plant and help it grow. Will the angel also help them understand and like each other? Lesley Ely's ...

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Overview

The narrator of Measuring Angels hates school. It gets even worse when Sophie, a bully and a gossip, becomes her partner for a new science project: to make a sunflower grow. When Sophie snatches the seed and shoves it into the ground, the two girls argue and the little plant does not thrive. "That sunflower is not happy," says the teacher. So the two girls decide to make a cardboard angel to watch over the plant and help it grow. Will the angel also help them understand and like each other? Lesley Ely's persuasive narrative and Polly Dunbar's beautiful artwork bring this timely tale to life.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

When Miss Miles assigns a sunflower-growing competition and pairs the narrator with her former friend, Sophie, the animosity between the partners has a negative effect on their seedling. Their teacher observes, "This sunflower isn't happy" and suggests talking to it. With the aid of classmate Gabriel, the girls build a cardboard angel to watch over the pot. These cooperative efforts not only help their plant thrive ("It stood straight! It stood tall! It was strong!"), but also renew their relationship. Dunbar's sunny collage illustrations show a curly-haired, smiling angel who resembles the teacher. While the book is not an essential purchase, the rocky emotional terrain of feuding friends is ably conveyed.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Kirkus Reviews
A young narrator and her former friend are on the outs until shared class projects bring them back together. When one gets a flowerpot from the teacher and the other a sunflower seed, the resulting seedling responds to the hostile atmosphere by coming up thin and weedy. A teacherly suggestion that the two talk to it soon has them giggling together, but the real reconciliation comes when classmate Gabriel wonders whether plants have angels too-and all three pitch in to construct a teacher-sized (and -like) angel of paper and feathers. The next day the angel looks shabby but the sunflower is suddenly tall and gorgeous. Dunbar illustrates the episode with cartoon paint-and-paper collage scenes that feature short, smiling (mostly) children and tall, radiant flowers. In the end the teacher calls off the daily measurement of everyone's plants and the two former adversaries hug: "After all, it's hard to measure a smile and nobody can measure an angel." A bit purposeful, but most of the healing is conveyed in the pictures rather than the brief narrative. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845076399
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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