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My First Angels

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The newest book in the popular My First series introduces young readers to a full day's worth of angel friends. Enhanced by new rhyming text, nine of the angels from Tomie's precious picture book Angels, Angels Everywhere return to remind youngsters that angels really are all around us-even at school and on the playground. This book's accessible trim, applique, cover, and beautiful illustrations make it a great addition to any child's library.

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Overview

The newest book in the popular My First series introduces young readers to a full day's worth of angel friends. Enhanced by new rhyming text, nine of the angels from Tomie's precious picture book Angels, Angels Everywhere return to remind youngsters that angels really are all around us-even at school and on the playground. This book's accessible trim, applique, cover, and beautiful illustrations make it a great addition to any child's library.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
From the author of Strega Nona and Bill and Peet comes this beautiful board book about everyday angels in the life of a child. The Good Morning Angel wakes us up and gets us moving on our way. The Good Night Angel tucks us into bed at night and guarantees sweet dreams as we sleep. The Reading Angel brings a favorite book to read at story time in school. The Playtime Angel waits on the playground, eager to push our swings higher and higher. Children are open to the possibilities of things they cannot see, much more so than adults. This title will assist adults in introducing angels to children and giving them a positive explanation for these guardian beings that exist unseen. The artwork depicts these being as child-like, with bare feet and baseball caps. These pages are excerpts from the original title Angels, Angels Everywhere which was published by Putnam in 2005. Author dePaola was the United States nominee in 1990 for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration. He has been recognized by the American Library Association for a Caldecott Honor Book, a Newbery Honor Book, and the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448456898
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/13/2011
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 326,411
  • Age range: 3 - 4 Years
  • Lexile: AD690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is one of the most well known and best-loved creators of children's books. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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