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Angel Mae

by Shirley Hughes

Published by U.S. edition: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1989
24 pages
ISBN: 9780688085384

Ages 2-7

Mae Morgan's mom, dad and big brother Frankie"and even her grandma who lives near their third story apartment"are getting ready for the baby they expect to be born about Christmas time. Mae looks for ways to help and to express her ambivalent feelings about the baby. At school she feels less uncertain. She'll be the "Angel Gave-You" in a play about the baby Jesus being born. Each production occurs, more or less as planned. Hughes' talent for creating preschool families is matchless. Her true-to-life characterizations of children from several racial backgrounds all acting their ages are faultless. Her sensitivity to the ordinary muddles of a child's daily life allows humor without condescension or ridicule. This fast-moving story about anticipation has appeal in all seasons.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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