Alison McGhee, Author
Peter H. Reynolds, Illustrator
Atheneum Book for Young Readers, Fiction, Sep. 30, 2014
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Nativity: Nativity, Baby Jesus, Angels, Gifts, Christmas
Opening: “It was the end of December, and a baby was soon to be born. A baby! In the heavens, angels turned light with joy. On Earth, travelers prepared gifts.”
Book Jacket Synopsis: A baby is soon to be born, and the heavens are all abuzz. Yet one small angel peers down fretfully…What gift can she give this most important baby when the winds, the birds, and even the Magi are already bringing such wondrous treasures? With a heart so big, in a night so dark, she takes a big leap — and gives the most shining gift of all.
Why I like this book: Alison McGhee has written a kid-friendly story about a traditional story that will delight young readers. Written in very simple language, she truly captures the joy and spirit of Christmas and its meaning. This is a book that you can read to children or encourage them to read on their own because of the sparse text. Peter H. Reynolds has given this book a more contemporary look with his signature illustrations. The little angel is dressed in flight gear and goggles, checks out her computer to watch what gifts are being given to the new child. The artwork is lively, whimsical, joyful, and compliments the story. This book is a treasure and children will read it again and again
Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, Little Boy, Bye-Bye Crib, Always, and A Very Brave Witch. Her other children’s books include All Rivers Flow to the Sea, Countdown to Kindergarten, Snap and the Julia Gillian series. Visit McGhee’s website.
Peter H. Reynolds has written and illustrated The Smallest Gift of Christmas, The Dot, Ish, North Star, Sky Color, and I’m Here, as well as collaborated on the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, and books with Judy Blume and Alison McGhee. Visit Reynolds’ website.