The Littlest Angel

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The classic Christmas story tells of an adorable little angel who just cannot stay out of trouble in the celestial city. When the Christ child is born, the mischievous angel learns the timeless lesson of giving, a lesson that has long endured as the true spirit of Christmas.

An earth-sick little angel newly arrived in the celestial kingdom finds his recent transition from boy to cherub a difficult one.

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Overview

The classic Christmas story tells of an adorable little angel who just cannot stay out of trouble in the celestial city. When the Christ child is born, the mischievous angel learns the timeless lesson of giving, a lesson that has long endured as the true spirit of Christmas.

An earth-sick little angel newly arrived in the celestial kingdom finds his recent transition from boy to cherub a difficult one.

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Publishers Weekly
The board book edition of The Littlest Angel pares back Charles Tazewell's text for the 1946 original, about a cherub and his present to the Son of God; illustrated with new, cartoonlike watercolors by Rebecca Thornburgh.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3--First released in book form in 1946, this story has since appeared in numerous editions. It tells of a small angel who simply can't get with the program no matter how hard he tries until an understanding elder realizes that he is homesick and is able to retrieve a box of his most treasured possessions from "back home." When it comes time for Jesus to be born on Earth, the Littlest Angel gives his precious box to the Baby, but he is worried that God will think his gift too humble. However, God is pleased indeed, and transforms the box into the Star of Bethlehem. The writing style is rather ornate and full of grandiose words and phrases, but some children will love to hear it read aloud. The oil paintings are muted and full of texture, and not at all sentimental. The celestial choir is multicultural, and the Littlest Angel has red shorts peeking out of his robe. Paul Micich's version (Ideals, 1991) has a glossier "greeting-card" look. This reincarnation of the story will be as popular as its predecessors.--EM
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824955755
  • Publisher: Ideals Publications
  • Publication date: 9/27/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 121,011
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    This was my favorite book growing up as a child. Beautifully illustrated and written, illustrating the true meaning of gift giving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    This book is one of the fondest memories I have of childhood and

    This book is one of the fondest memories I have of childhood and Christmas. It is timeless and I have never been able to read it without crying. It is specially poignant now with recent events and I pray this book is never forgotten

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    The Littlest Angel

    This is a classic, for anyone who has faith this is an excellent book for not only children but adults. 60 years ago I had this book on a 45 record. It was read by Loretta Young and I still can hear her voice telling this beautiful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    Great!

    I got this book from my dad and is one of the few fond memories I have of him and enjoyed reading it. I lost the book I use to have, but I would love to owe it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    the littlest angel

    I have read this book to my children every year at Christmas and each time I would cry when God accepts this small childs gift for Christ. It beautifully illustrates Christs Love and Grace through the eyes of a small child. My sons now 16, 19 and 20 yrs old still request the yearly reading of this precious book. They say it's because they want to see when I am going to cry but I know that it's because they cherish the memories.I have one battered copy that I will be reading to my Grandchildren some day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Truly Wonderful

    This was my first book i ever recieved. I use to sleep with it on my pillow at night cuz i loved it so much. I still have it and read it over and over again a lot cuz it reminds me of my childhood and it is still a wonderful book to read to a child. It's message is heart warming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    A classic

    My mom had memorized this whole book way back in the day for a school speech project, and as we were growing up she always recited it for us each year at Christmas. My mom passed away 2 years ago and missed the birth of my son this year. I plan to give him this book for his first Christmas, with a note inside about the family history of it, so that he will always know a little part of his Grandma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    A Tradition In My Family

    I read this book many times to my girls. When they became adults I purchased a copy for each and wrote a note inside. As they have children, I purchase a copy for each grandchild and write a note to them inside. Hopefully this will continue for the future generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    Traditions

    My grandmother bought this book with a companion record which narrated the entire story complete with sound effects when my sisters and I were children (in the mid-50's). We would listen to it time after time, for hours on end. It was stored with the decorations after the holiday. Year after year it wasn't officially Christmas until it was unpacked. I tried to find it when my own children were small but had no luck. I hope to start a tradition with my grandchildren. I have purchased several copies. I will read it to them every year as many times as they want to hear it and when they have children of their own, I will give them their own book and hope that the tradition continues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    A beautiful, touching story

    My mother gave me this book 20 years ago. i came to this site to see if it was still available so I could buy one for my baby sister. I still cry every time I read it. I love that the humblest gift of all the angels is the most treasured by God. This is a great book for children of all ages and should be kept and passed down through generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2001

    Outstanding, beautifully written

    This book has been part of my Christmas Eve tradition since I was a small child. I read it to my kids now and hope they will read it to their kids someday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    Terrific and Heartwarming Christmas Book!

    What a wonderful and uplifting Christmas gift for all the young ones in your life. It will remind them of what Christmas is all about!

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