Thursday, February 13, 2014

Angels by Alexis York Lumbard

A children's book is as much by the illustrator as it is by the author, especially for a book intended for children aged 2 and up, such as Angels.  So much of the tale is conveyed to the child by the illustrations, and illustrator Flavia Weedn's illustrations for Angels are truly heavenly, a perfect fit for this sweet, lovely book.

I think the nicest part of Angels, that I viewed as a review-copy, is the Gift Label just inside the front cover that reads:  To my favorite angel _______ With love from ________.

This book would make a wonderful gift for a young godchild or grandchild, one that the child will want read to them over and over again before going to bed.  And the gift-giver's name will always be a part of the story, the first words read to the child after the book's title.

The soothing, rhyming verse, together with the gentle, ethereal illustrations, are perfect for putting a child to bed and blessing them with peaceful dreams.  The closing lines are just what a parent would say to their child just before the good-night kiss:
Angels, angels, always near, protecting you, my special dear!
Here is the book's very beautiful trailer, that children would enjoy, too.  It shows you much of the simple book:

From the book's description:
Did you know that angels of all kinds are everywhere?

“Some are big, some are tiny. They’re all so bright and very shiny.”

This lyrical, breezy, and nondenominational picture book introduces children and adults to a magical place which radiates warmth, love, and caring throughout its colorful and delicate pages.

Through the artwork of world-famous artist, Flavia, readers can experience a world of gentle wonder, beauty, and comfort that makes this a perfect bedtime story.

“Angels, angels, always near, protecting you, my special dear!”

Here is a link to the book at

Visit the book's website, from where you can purchase the book, at Wisdom Tales Press.

And here are some other children's books illustrated by Flavia Weedn, available at

This review is by Candida Martinelli, of Candida Martinelli's Italophile Site, and the author of the cozy-murder-mystery novel AN EXTRA VIRGIN PRESSING MURDER, and the young-adult/adult mystery novel series THE VIOLET STRANGE MYSTERIES the first book of which is VIOLET'S PROBLEM.

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