Angel the Great Pyrenees is a charming true story for children about Angel being lost in Sherman, Texas. Angel is very scared, hungry and thirsty. A dogcatcher finds her drinking out of a creek. He catches her with a large net and brings her to an animal shelter in Sherman. A nice woman comes to the shelter and adopts Angel. Angel is a gentle giant and explores her new home as she recovers from being so thin that her bones were sticking out. Angel protects her new home, her new owners and her new sister that is a sweet little kitty. She is still very young and playful. Angel becomes a guardian angel. An Activity Game is at the end.
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I had never heard of a Great Pyrenees before Angel. They are extraordinary animals and are very large. They tend to be timid until they get to know you and trust you. This is a wonderful tale of the transformation of Angel from a timid and frightened animal to a loving and thoroughly domesticated member of the family. She is a huge and wonderful companion. This is beautifully written. Ms. Moore is a shining light. I can't wait to hear more of her work. I have become an avid fan of Ms. Moore.
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LaVonna Moore does a great job of helping us into Angel's head. Moore keeps Angel's needs and wants very basic which both makes it easy for kids to relate to and also somewhat realistic as dog wants/needs are probably not going to be complex and subtle. There are a number of instances in which Angel knows things a dog could not know, but the bulk of the time it is within the acceptable range of anthropomorphic children's literature. Some of the sentences are a bit choppy.
The story is simple but not so overly simple as to insult a young child's intelligence or attention span.
Ms. Rathborne's narration is wonderful. I have heard clips of her doing readings from classic literature as well as excerpts from a mystery novel so I knew she was a talented voice actress but was not sure how well she would make the transition to children's literature. But she did a fabulous job of bringing the eponymous doggy to life.
Disclosure: I am an avid follower of Ms. Rathborne's blog and got a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review,
"Heartwarming autobiography of a dog"
Yes, because the character of the dog comes alive, and the story becomes more exciting. Some of it is really funny and cute, too, without being sentimental. Angel is a great character in both print and audio.
The great classic, Black Beauty, because of the interaction between humans and people and their mutual dependency. There's a strong moral - but luckily there's no preaching. People become better when they treat animals well. They have to imagine what it is like to be a dog or a horse - or another person.
This performance is engaging and fun. She really tries to think like a dog. I like the innocence and energy.
Good as an angel, brave as a lion, the protector we all want.
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