While Angels Watch

Marni McGee, Author, Tina Macnaughton, Illustrator , illus. by Tina Macnaughton. Good Books $16 (26p) ISBN 978-1-56148-513-0

Are there angels here on Earth? The cuddly creatures of McGee's (Sleepy Me ) gentle-hearted picture book believe so. Beginning with a history of sorts ("Long ago, when the world was new,/ The Angels all had work to do"), the melodic rhyming text describes some of the essential roles angels played in the creation of the world. A raft of animals then cites examples of angels' presence in contemporary times (" 'The Angels are still here,' said Owl./ 'They teach our babies how to sing./ They show us how to nest and fly,/ To sail the sky on silent wing' "). Macnaughton's (One Snowy Night ) plushly textured paintings feature cozy images of animal families and unfettered landscapes. Throughout, the artist represents the angels' presence with a shimmering stream of silver-foil dots emanating from a winged white, gauzy shape on high. The novelty art and the comforting tenets here are likely to have broad appeal. Ages 3-up. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/27/2006
Release date: 04/01/2006
Hardcover - 25 pages - 978-1-84506-263-7
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