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Angel Mae (Tales from Trotter Street) [Paperback]

Shirley Hughes
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6 Sep 1999 Tales from Trotter Street
Christmas is coming, and Mae Morgan's mother is expecting a baby. At school, Mae is delighted to be given the part of the Angel Gabriel in the nativity play. But will the new baby steal her glory?

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744563771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744563771
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Shirley Hughes' illustrations are always exquisite and delighted me as a child. It is with great joy that I find they are equally delightful to my own children thirty years down the line.

Hughes' is most well known for her books Dogger and her series of stories about Alfie and Annie May.

These are the tales of Trotter Street and are more contemporary in flavour. Mae lives with her family in a flat in Trotter Street. Her mother is expecting a baby at Christmas and Mae is unsure of whether she is happy about the arrival of the new baby. An added burden is Mae's role as the Angel Gave-You (Gabriel) in the upcoming nativity play.

As both the arrival of the baby and the performance of the play coincide, there are some tense moments as we see Mae and her family juggle with family responsibility and stardom.

Hughes' lasting appeal is that she continues to observe and accurately record the lives of small children faithfully. She is mistress of the nuances and details that make these stories so real and attractive to children. Her lessons are always subtle and never preachy, but I would highly recommend this to anyone with smaller children suffering with sibling rivalry issues or jealousy over new arrivals. There is much to identify with and plenty of talking points generated both by the illustrations and the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! 7 Sep 2001
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This is an adorable book about Mae getting a new baby sister and and part in her Nativity Play (as angel "Gave-you"- Gabriel"). Shirley Hughes's illustrations are brilliant and It was very good for my 2 year old when I had her little Sister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect christmas stocking 17 Jan 2010
I was recommended this book by a friend- I bought it for my little girl (3 and a half years old) for christmas- She loved it as she was able to identify herself with the characters of the nativity she was part of at her nursery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Mae - 5 stars! 13 Mar 2003
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Angel Mae is a touching story. It gives me the opportunity to talk about many issues with my 3 year old : jelousy, anger, anxiety, excitment, happiness. Yet the story is natural, funny, and definately not soppy. The illustrations are excellent.
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