Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Angel Doll: Mini-Review

The Angel Doll by by Jerry Bledsoe is a Christmas story set in the early 1950s in Thomasville, North Carolina. Sandy Black is a four year old girl who is the victim of poverty in the small, furniture-manufacturing town...and a victim of the polio epidemic. She loves her older brother, Whitey, and all things angelic--especially a book called The Littlest Angel. Then, right before Christmas, she makes it known that she wants an angel doll for her present. Whitey and his best friend--both ten years old--set out on a mission to get Sandy her doll. The only problem? There are no angel dolls to be had in Thomasville. The boys find the perfect doll and ask the mother of one of their friends if she can help transform an ordinary doll into an angel for Sandy. Through their quest the boys learn the value of friendship and the power of love.

This is a moving story that not only tells of the love and sacrifices of two boys during one Christmas, but also shows how the events that year affected them and changed how they would live their lives. While the book is tinged with sadness, it is still a very touching and heartfelt Christmas story.  ★★★★


fredamans said...

Sounds like a truly touching story for the Christmas season! Great review!

Maria Behar said...

From what you have described, this is a wonderful Christmas story! I think it's one that will make me cry, of course, but such emotional stories are the ones that always carry a very important message.

I had not heard of this book before, so I'm adding it to my Goodreads shelves. Thanks for featuring it! Happy New Year!! : )