Angel in the Waters

Book cover: 'Angel in the Waters'
Author(s): 
Regina Doman
Illustrator(s): 
Ben Hatke
Copyright: 
2004
Publisher: 
Sophia Institute Press
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
48 pages
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Resource Type: 
Review: 

Inspirational! Impressive! Instructional!

This picture book has a beautiful pro-life lesson for the very youngest among us to the oldest. It tells the story of a baby from conception through birth and into infancy without any details that will require further explanation to our little ones. Told in the first person, the text is brief and easy to read but contains far more depth than most picture books. Simple yet engaging artwork, with peaceful colors and a dreamlike quality, compliments the text. Even my 4-year-old noticed that at the baby's birth, the page backgrounds changed from dark to bright white; while I don't think that he recognizes the symbolism yet, it certainly captured his attention.

Without directly teaching, the author skillfully reminds us that life begins in the womb, with baby aware of sounds and light and warmth. The baby's guardian angel, depicted as a star rather than the traditional winged creature, is more spiritual than physical and accompanies baby from conception onward. The angel is intelligent and gentle while guiding and reassuring baby, hinting at eternal life beyond this earthly one.

My single regret is that this book is only available in a softcover binding. Destined to become a classic, it should be available bound in a durable hardcover.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Additional notes: 

Additional Comments: My children fell in love with this book the minute they saw it. Down to my toddler they were enchanted with the beautiful, realistic illustrations and the simple, charming text. My seven year old loves how easy it is to read - she returns to it over and over again. I love the beautiful implicit message about the sanctity and fragility of life.- A.V.H. (2-23-05)

Review Date: 
2-23-05
Reviewed by: 
Susan Kalis