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***Pascual and the Kitchen Angels

by Tomie dePaola

Reviewed February 3, 2004.
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 2004.  32 pages.
Available on for $11.89 in hardcover.
Available at Sembach Library (E DEP).

Here’s Tomie de Paola’s latest picture book, a nice story with warm colors.

When Pascual was born, angels sang.  He became a shepherd and sang with his sheep.  He was also kind to people.  Eventually, he became a monk.  At the monastery, they wanted him to cook, but he didn’t know how.  So he prayed, and angels came and cooked a meal while he was praying.

I must admit, I wish that angels would do that for me.  At the end of the book, Tomie de Paola has a page explaining the true story behind the legend, and suggesting how the legend got started.  This is a lovely story for sharing with a child.

Reviews of other books by Tomie dePaola:  
Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise
Fight the Night
What a Year
Things Will Never Be the Same

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