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"I bring you news of great joy. For tonight, in Bethlehem, a child has been born, a savior who is Christ the Lord." When the shepherds are invited to follow the star to visit the child, one young boy is told to stay and mind the flock. But the Angel Gabriel returns for him, taking the boy on a magical, memorable flight to be the first to witness the Christmas ...
"I bring you news of great joy. For tonight, in Bethlehem, a child has been born, a savior who is Christ the Lord." When the shepherds are invited to follow the star to visit the child, one young boy is told to stay and mind the flock. But the Angel Gabriel returns for him, taking the boy on a magical, memorable flight to be the first to witness the Christmas miracle. With a gently wry narration by Michael Morpurgo and expressive illustrations by the extraordinary Quentin Blake, this inviting, uplifting story is destined to become a holiday tradition.
Gr 3-5-Grandpa's tale is a fondly remembered Christmas tradition, though as his grandchildren grow up it seems "too fantastical" to be true. The story he tells is of his boyhood recollection of being with the adult shepherds when the angel Gabriel appeared and told them of the Baby Jesus's birth and directing them to follow the star in the East. The adults follow and leave the boy behind to mind the sheep. Gabriel then reappears and offers to fly him to the stable to see the baby for himself, while a band of angels watches the flock. The mysterious love of the baby, the angels' voices, and the secret gift of a shepherd's crook to the baby who will one day carry it as he shepherds a human flock are all conveyed through a simple, though sometimes jarringly modern tone. Gabriel says: "I could fly you to the stable. We could be there and back, lickety-split, and no one would ever know you'd been gone . . . .Easy as pie." Blake's sketchy watercolors illuminate the spare story and hint at the wonder of angelic visitors. A read-aloud title for sharing at home, this probably isn't destined to become a widespread holiday classic.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public LibraryCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Posted February 2, 2009
There have been countless retellings of the Christmas story but few as tender and touching as this. While intended for young readers it will appeal to all ages with its unique narrative and irresistible illustrations by Quentin Blake. Few of Grandpa's relatives really believe his story but they always look forward to hearing it on Christmas Eve. He tells it in the same way each time, beginning with 'When I was very little.....' As a boy he tended sheep with his father, uncle, and older brothers. One cold, starry night they were visited by the angel Gabriel who told them of an amazing birth, and invited them to come and see the baby for themselves. Well, of course, someone had to stay with the sheep while the other shepherds went over the hill to Bethlehem. Since Grandpa was the youngest he was left behind. Oh, how he cried and wailed as he watched the others disappear into the night. He shouted, 'It's not fair!' And then Gabriel made a return visit, offering to carry the boy to Bethlehem. Young readers will be delighted with the outcome of this story, and adults may wish they could believe it. Whatever the case, 'On Angel Wings' is sure to become a family Christmas favorite. - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.