An Angel's Christmas by Lynn RayAn Angel's Christmas by Lynn Ray

An Angel's Christmas

byLynn Ray

Hardcover | November 30, 2013

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“The Angel’s Christmas” is the story of the true meaning of Christmas. An awkward young angel named Simon discovers his special gift while finding a meaningful place among the other angels. As Simon retells
the story they all know so well he also finds his place in the greatest story of all time.
Lynn’s love of illustration and her delight in children of all ages is evident in her third illustrated children’s picture book, “The Angel’s Christmas.” With exten sive experience as a painter and illustrator, Lynn completed herstudies in Studio Art and Fine Art History at Capilano University. She continues to write and illustrate chi...
Title:An Angel's ChristmasFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.25 × 8.43 × 0.42 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Simply Read BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927018390

ISBN - 13:9781927018392


Read from the Book

When Simon enters the workshop all the angels are hard at work. Together they craft a beautiful nativity for their Christmas celebration.Adam paints the smiles on faces. Moses fashions a wooden manger. Some angels carve delicate crowns for the Eastern wise men, while others tie braided harnesses on lumpy camels. Staffs are molded for shepherds who stand beside their sheep.Simon steps forward, eager to help. “Adam, may I help you paint? Please? Please?” asks Simon. “Just a sparkle in an eye or a blush upon a cheek?”

Editorial Reviews

This endearing story within story captures the some of the complex emotions we all experience around the holiday season. Little ones often feel left out of the special preparations, just like the protagonist angel who tends to be alittle clumsy. Still, the true meaning of Christmas comes through in the sharing of story. A new, beautifully illustrated book, to add to the most exclusive holiday collections! - Christianne Hayward, Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art CM Magazine review - Everyone has special gifts and talents, and everyone makes mistakes. Simon, one of God's angels, displays both his foibles and his gifts in this lovely children's story that teaches children of the birth of Christ in a gentle, accessible way. Simon is getting in the way of the preparation of a nativity scene for a Christmas celebration. He despairs until the angel Elizabeth asks him what his special gift is. Simon loves to tell stories, and his re-telling of the nativity story passes the time while the angels finish the nativity scene, and all rejoice in the telling.       The story is told with enthusiasm, with exclamations throughout. Children will relate well to the story as they also make mistakes but have talents that need to be celebrated. Ray is careful to represent many cultures in the faces of the angels, and modern touches like angels high-fiving and taking "selfies" are added to make the story appear "present-day", something which is often rare in nativity stories. There is a sense of fun in the story, but children will still understand the story's importance in Christian life.       Lynn Ray both writes and illustrates this telling of the Christmas story, and her illustrations stand on their own as works of art. I particularly like the final full-page spread illustration of Simon and the nativity scene where everything comes together in the story, giving the reader a feeling of peace and reverence. Ray likes to intersperse playful little gray mice throughout the story, a feature which younger children will enjoy seeking out as they read or have the story read to them. An Angel's Christmas would make a perfect Christmas gift for those who celebrate the birth of Christ, and it would be a welcome story in primary schools, particularly at the kindergarten to Grade 2 level where simpler stories of Christmas are often hard to find. Reviews for One Winter Night: "Ten grey mice decked out in red-and-white scarves and skates made of holly leaves are the focus of this exquisite clothbound book of free verse....On page after stunning page of poetry and accompanying illustrations, the mice encounter other denizens of the winter night." - Globe & Mail, Susan Perren "Lynn Ray’s unique and richly hued illustrations complement the book’s design and give the subtle storyline more depth." - Quill and Quire "Lynn Ray's depiction of an icy northern environment is chillingly real." CM magazine