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Author: Jan Pienkowski

Illustrator: Mary Ling, editor

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Publisher: DK Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Bel and Bub are angels (one is blue with curly blonde hair, one is red with horns). They steal a bird egg from the clouds. It hatches and they keep it a secret from a large man in sandals who is apparently in charge. The bird grows and grows and eats all the food, but Bel and Bub don't tell the Man (God), but try to continue to hide it, until the bird has eaten EVERYTHING and God finds out. Bel and Bub are in trouble. They teach the bird to fly. He flies off with his mother and everything is OK. This picture book offers a lesson in taking responsibility.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud book,

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with two brothers, ages 2 and 4.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys did not react to the book at all. I don't believe they quite understood what was going on.

Adult Reader Reaction: I did not like this book at all. The story did not flow well, was not well structured, and did not present the lesson very clearly. I did not understand what a bird's egg was doing in the clouds? The illustrations are not polished.

Pros: The bird in this story is cute.

Cons: This has a poor story line and illustrations. The story, while well meaning, is poorly executed. It does not effectively communicate the intended lesson.

Borrow or Buy: Skip. There are many books available that are better written and illustrated. The book says the lesson is about "owning up" to something you did wrong, but you don't understand the lesson until after the book is over.


Educational Themes: This is a story that can be used to talk about lying, secrets, and taking responsibility for our choices.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, Christian, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2012

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