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Angela and the Baby Jesus: (Children's Edition) [Hardcover]

By Frank McCourt (Author)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  1416937897  
EAN  9781416937890  

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Item Description...
When six-year-old Angela decides that the uncovered baby Jesus is cold in his manger in the church, she takes him home to warm him up, little guessing the trouble that will follow.

Publishers Description

"When my mother Angela, was six years old, she felt sorry for the Baby Jesus in the Christmas crib...."

Frank McCourt's first Christmas book is by turns tender and heartwarming, and wholly unforgettable. Angela is six years old and worries for the Baby Jesus on the altar of St. Joseph's Church near School House Lane in Limerick, Ireland, where she lives. December nights are damp and cold, and the church is dark. The Baby Jesus' mother doesn't even have a blanket to cover him, The Baby is sure to need Angela's help, even if she is not allowed to step near the altar, especially by herself.

Filled with the character and incident that have made Pulitzer Prize recipient Frank McCourt internationally renowned and beloved, Angela and the Baby Jesus is a timeless story of family -- and all of its joy, tradition, love, and incongruity -- and a book for the generations to cherish.

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More About Frank McCourt

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Frank McCourt (1930-2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, "Angela's Ashes", won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the "L.A. Times" Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.

Frank McCourt lived in New York, in the state of New York. Frank McCourt was born in 1930 and died in 2009.

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"On the 12th Day of Christmas.....This Little Child Showed Her Love For Baby Jesus!"  Jan 4, 2010
Frank McCourt has taken a simple childhood memory and placed it into a story for young children, this Christmas. More than that, he has recalled an event that happened to his Mother when she was the little girl in this story. The illustrator, Raul Colon, uses watercolor of different shades, and uses a tool to strike some detail in the picture.

Six year old Angela would stop in church to visit the Christmas crib ; she noticed how cold it was in the church and felt sorry for the Baby Jesus. She wondered why no one thought to cover him with a blanket. Now, we know that the Jesus in the crib is a statue, and he probably wouldn't feel the cold, but Little Angela, having been cold,herself, knew how uncomfortable that could be. She wanted to do something for the Baby Jesus,and she did.

At first, she hid in the church confessional so that no one would notice her. She watched the old people praying for long periods; she thought that they should go home and have a cup of tea to warm themselves up. One day, she waited till everyone left, and though she knew that stealing was a bad thing, she decided to take care of the Baby Jesus. To her, the statue of Baby Jesus was real.

She looked at him smiling, with his arms out stretched, and she lifted him out and placed him under her coat, hoping to make him warm, as she ran all the way home. So that her Mom wouldn't notice, she decided to toss the Baby Jesus over the fence into her backyard, but the statue just didn't land where she wanted it to. She even spoke to the statue, "Will you help me, little Baby? Will you help me?" And then, the third time she tossed him over the fence, he landed in the yard of a blind woman, next door. Again,she talked to the statue, "Baby Jesus, I have a good mind to leave you there in Mrs. Blake's backyard.....You're not supposed to be flying around like an angel."

One last time, she picked him up and threw him into her own backyard, talking to him the whole time. When her brother came out the back door, she knew that no matter what he said, no one would believe him. Her brother, Pat told her that the Baby Jesus was to be sleeping in his crib in the church. All Angela could think of was keeping Baby Jesus warm.

When her brother told their Mom what she had done, her Mom thought she would just humor him, so they all went upstairs, and there, in her bed, was Baby Jesus, smiling, with his arms outstretched. Her Mom decided that they had to return the statue to the church. They all walked down to the church with their Mom, and were met at the church door by the priest and a policeman. The two men kind of teased her to put a little scare into her. It was when her brother Pat offered to take her place in jail, that the priest and the policeman softened their decision. The priest took the Baby Jesus out of Angela's arms and placed it in the crib, reassuring her that while we're away from the crib, Jesus' Mother makes sure that He is nice and warm.

I recall a Christmas when each of the children was given a small plastic Jesus resting in a half walnut shell,so they could keep Him warm....That happened three years ago. Little children are and will always be fascinated by Baby Jesus. Think of a time when you recall the first Baby Jesus in the crib that was in your childhood, and hold on to the memory.
Catholic story  Jan 17, 2009
I wish I had known that this book is written from a Catholic perspective. Mary is always referred to as "Virgin Mary" or "Our Lady", Joseph is "St. Joseph". The parish priest is "Father" of course. The mother in the story twice exclaims, "Mother o' God!" when she is surprised or dismayed. She asks, "And why, for the love of God?" These comments would be considered taking the Lord's name in vain in our house.

The illustrations are lovely, but I don't plan to read the book again.
Beautiful story told by a fabulous storyteller.  Jan 13, 2009
I bought Angela and the Baby Jesus for my three children (ages 2,2 and 4) with the intention of putting it away until they were older. Upon receiving it though, I was captured by the beautiful images on each page and felt compelled to read it to them. The story held the attention of all three girls and they asked for it again and again.

The story reads with warmth and humor and is a fabulous addition to any Christmas book collection.
Poor ending to this to this otherwise interesting book.  Jul 29, 2008
I LOVE Frank McCourt's books. There is no story more emotionally riveting and profound than "Angela's Ashes". I just wish his newer books had better endings. This most recent book just dwindles away at the end. I was waiting for something more, and it merely dropped off. Frank is truly the best story teller of our lifetime. I hope he writes many more books about Ireland.
angela and the baby Jesus  Jun 24, 2008
This book is short and very appealing to young readers. The message is universal. It's about love.

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