My favorite children’s books are rhyming books, and Sherrill Cannon once again in “My Little Angel” has created a masterpiece. The story is uplifting, the illustrations are beautiful, and it’s one of those books where you feel good all over when you finish it. You want to linger on the words, the message, and read it again and again. The story is biblical, where the young girl has an angel who protects her and helps her throughout the day. Prayer, self-worth, kindness, gratitude, and love are recurring themes and make this a wonderful book to share and read to young children. “My Little Angel” is a great addition to children’s literature and I’m sure it will win many awards in the years to come.
Sherrill has consistently written lovely rhyming books for young children. Not only do the books have quality text, but an important message for empathy and unity that is critical for children to see in books.
This book models natural consequences for unkind words, but then shows the main character Elizabeth reflecting on her decisions. This is a critical message that just because you make a mistake, there is a way to change and move forward.
As adults we read books like Unselfie by Michele Borba or The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey that outline the importance of explicitly teaching empathy and resilience in children.
Sherrill’s book does exactly that; a must have book for all young ones to see “the golden rule” in action.
The multicultural cast of characters is also very valuable as classrooms become increasingly diverse and children’s books need to help children learn to read while also reading the world.
Be sure to also check out the children’s plays this wonderful author has written for classroom teachers.
“A charming faith-based children’s book that illustrates a little girl being guided by her guardian angel, Angela.
Positive messages of kindness, patience, and a great work ethic are all modeled beautifully. I enjoyed the pacing of this book to walk through a typical day in the life of a child and all the positive choices she made when faced with a decision.
The author is also a teacher who supports and understands how to teach literacy skills with her books.
There are comprehension and reflection questions at the end of the book which can be used in a guided reading group, or at home to encourage reading aloud with your children.
Half of the proceeds from this book are donated healthcare and Bullying Prevention charities (through the SBPRA fundraising sites); another wonderful reason to support the philanthropy of this amazing author.”
Bethany is an international school educator and a literacy specialist. Please check out her website at www.biracialbookworms
It includes the excited opening of the book in the package – and a wonderful reading of the entire book by little Kallista (such a great reader!) Both Kallista and big brother Tristan then give their reviews. (I am happy to report that they both loved it!)
You know we LOVE the books authored by Sherrill S. Cannon, and we’ve been honoured to have been able to share each of them with you. Today we’re bringing you her most recent picture book, My Little Angel; a book for children to learn about paying attention to their inner voice…you know, that little one in your ear telling you to to be good, even when it’s difficult.
In addition to being a fantastic book, this particular book is very special to our family…find out why at the end of this post…
Angela, the starring character of My Little Angel, sits on the shoulder of the narrator (who is unnamed) during the course of a day and keeps her safe from morning to night. Angela smiles as teeth are brushed and as Mom blows a kiss as they go out the door to school.
Angela keeps her character safe on the way to school and makes sure she crosses the roads without harm. Angela’s there to help remind her character to do the best she can throughout the day by being polite and doing good deeds when she can.
Angela is there so she never has to be lonely, even when alone, and she has Angela to comfort her when she’s upset or sad.
My Little Angel is all about learning to listen to that little voice in your mind that is telling you to be true to you; be kind and considerate, be helpful and thoughtful, be the best you you can be! Behave in ways that will make you proud and confident without being hurtful to others.
Kallista wanted to surprise you and do a little reading of My Little Angel:
The message in this book is beautifully written in Sherrill’s rhyming prose that helps young readers remember the words and the message. One of the many things we love about each of Sherrill’s books is that they all promote and encourage positive behaviour.
Kalpart has once again done the illustrations and children will be able to pick out the returning characters and book covers from previous books; can you spot them all? And at the back of the book, Sherrill asks some fun questions for children while at the same time reminding them of ways to be safe.
Have a read through Sherrill’s Website and you’ll find that many of the characters in her books are based on real children; can you find them?
Speaking of the back of the book….of course we must share the big surprise Tristan and Kallista had when they first received their copy…their names are in it as official Kid Reviewers! How wonderful for them to see that their opinions are so important! Reading is a big part of their lives (they take flashlights to bed to read and often set alarms on the weekends to get up early to read special books – seriously!) Books such as Sherrill’s will inspire a generation of children to enjoy reading while being encouraged to think of others and behave according to The Golden Rule.
Additional thanks go to Sherrill for including me in her acknowledgements as well; little does she know how much it means for all of us to be given such honour!
Speaking of honours, Sherrill has won an incredible 48 awards for her 9 books (and still counting)! That is an outstanding achievement! So you know when you read one of Sherrill’s picture books, you can expect, and will receive a quality story with a good moral as well.
Heeding the advice of an amazon top reviewer, who suggested always “liking” a review that someone has taken time to write for me, I decided to go back and look at and “like” some of the reviews.
I was delighted to find this one for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, which I am now sharing:
“I received this book last week and I had wanted to get a review up before now but life gets in the way so here it is now. I thought this was a really cute book. I had my 9 yr old read it which he saw it was from the same author as Manner Man and he grabbed it immediately. He read it and when he was done I asked him if he had liked it. He said, “Not as much as Manner Man. But I’m gonna have to read it again to make sure.” Now that should be a review for you. He has to read it again to make sure he doesn’t like it as much as another book. I would say that’s a definite like. Now if only Ms. Cannon had one about tattle-telling.”
This was a verified review from an “amazon customer”, so I thank you if you are reading this!!!
And thank you to Gisela Hausmann for the suggestion!!