Angels in the Bible for Little Ones written by Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Alida Massari is board book designed for 5-8 years of age. The book feels weighty in the hand but is a nice size (about 7 inches tall) in the hands of a younger reader. This book has one of the polyutherane filled covers that are becoming more common.
The illustrations are softly drawn with a whimsical quality, that bring a surreal feeling to the story detailing episodes from the bible where angels appear. Beards, in particular, are drawn with quite a deal of personality to the characters in the story.
Each story is headed by a bible reference – most are only one page spread, at most two spreads. The stories are simplified greatly, but appropriately so for the younger part of this age group. For example, the story about Sarah and Abraham having Isaac does not mention Hagar and Ishmael.
The angels in this book are not all drawn as blond women which is a nice change from other books for this age group. There is a fine line to walk here between simpering figures and acknowledging angels as frightening and scary for mere humans. Where angels are described as being scary or where a character (like Mary) are described as being scared or fearful they are drawn that way, and the angels are drawn with more ornate or elaborate decorations on their clothing. There is a nice visual link between the pattern drawn on the angels wings and the pattern on Jesus’ cloak. It is subtle but effective. There is nothing, however, about the way the angels in this book are drawn that evokes fear or concern, or even awe.
In summary, It is fun to read, and introduces the figures of angels to children in an age appropriate way.
Can be purchased where all good books are (published by Zondervan): Angels in the Bible for little ones.
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