A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Stong messages of cooperation, caring, and acceptance.
Positive Role Models
Zola, the main character, is self-confident and compassionate. She expects the angel, and the adults of the community, to take care of the children who need it, and will not accept less from them. The adults pull together and live up to her expectations, and her parents are building a school for all the children. The angel, who only feels unfinished, is of course angelic and full of love, along with some earthly exasperation.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know this is a great book to share aloud. The main character is a great role model and there are strong messages of caring, cooperation, and acceptance.
Is It Any Good?
This charming book is vintage Creech. Humor and warmth fill this story of a Swiss mountain village and its angel -- living quietly in the past while contemporary problems such as homeless children are right under their noses. The difficulties the village angel has dealing with her task (“Peoples! They are so strange! Did their brains fall out of their heads?”) lead the angel to a better understanding of life on earth. And Zola and her mama and papa also come to the village with plans to make it a better place for everyone.
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