What Do Angels Wear? by Eileen Spinelli

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Can angels fly?

Can angels sing?

Yes, child. They can.

If angels can fly and angels can sing,
what do they wear when doing these things?

In this book from Eileen Spinelli and Emily Arnold McCully, a young child seeks to understand the nature of angels, in very childlike terms. A bedtime discussion between mother and daughter explores the secret lives of angels, from dancing and playing hide-and-seek to dressing in clothing that will be familiar to every child.

 

About Eileen Spinelli

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Eileen Spinelli has written more than forty books for young readers, including Thanksgiving at the Tappletons', Hug a Bug, The Dancing Pancake, and Silly Tilly. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and fellow writer, Jerry. Emily Arnold McCully, Author and illustrator Emily McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois and raised on Long Island. Her father Wade was a writer of network radio shows and her mother Kathryn was a teacher. When she was a child, she began writing and illustrating her own stories, bound them and gave them a copyright date. She also illustrated postcards, greeting cards, scenery, portraits and copies of the old masters and would then set up a stand at the end of her driveway to sell them. McCully attended Pembroke University studying theater and art history. After graduation, McCully held a variety of odd jobs in the art field that included being a commercial artist, a designer of paperback covers and illustrating advertisements. When one of her illustrations was seen on an advertisement in the subway, she was asked to illustrate Greg Panetta's "Sea Beach Express." She accepted that offer and went on to illustrate over 100 children's books. In 1969, she illustrated de Jong's "Journey from the Peppermint Express," which was the first children's book to receive the National Book Award. McCully had her first solo venture with "Picnic," which is a wordless picture book about a family of mice, and it won the Christopher Award in 1985. "Mirette on the High Wire" introduced the dare devil tightrope walker, Mirette, and won the Caldecott Medal in 1993. Some of her other titles in include "Amazing Felix," "Crossing the New Bridge," "Grandmas at the Lake," "My Real Family," and "Pirate Queen.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Mama tucks a child into bed who asks, “Tell me this, can angels fly?” Mama responds to each of the child’s questions: angels sing “like birds in spring” and in answer to the title question, “Flowing flower-printed smocks, / And in winter, woolen socks.” And what angels these are: sturdy angels th...

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The artist tosses in an angel who sits on the child's nightstand, unobserved, and she gives the child's cat its own angel double, too, a winged feline.

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