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Cassandra's Angel [Hardcover]

Gina Otto , Trudy Joost


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30 Sep 2001
Cassandra s Angel has come to share a secret that will bring comfort and hope to all children. You are invited to enter the world of Cassandra, a little girl who just can t seem to do anything right--or so the story goes. Children s self-images are strongly influenced by the attitudes and comments of their parents, teachers and peers. Unfortunately, other people's beliefs often become negative stories that impact children for life. This powerful tale exposes those stories for what they truly are. As children turn the pages of this vibrant and compelling book, they will discover the truth about themselves.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing Company; 3 edition (30 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935699201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935699203
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,090,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance praise for "Cassandra's Angel" ""Cassandra's Angel" is a beautiful affirmation of the Truth and Love within every child's heart."--Marianne Williamson, "New York Times" bestselling author ""Cassandra's Angel" will touch the spirit of a child and convey the message that we are all here on a heroic mission. There is no greater lesson in life."--Dr. Wayne Dyer, "New York Times" bestselling self-development author "I shall treasure "Cassandra" . . . Keep sharing your magic."--Leo F. Buscaglia, PhD, award-winning author and philanthropist --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Gina Otto, an author, poet, and professional photographer, has worked extensively in film production, advertising, and the fashion industry. In 1995, she began speaking to teenage girls about the importance of self-perception and how it is affected by popular culture. Cassandra s Angel integrates Gina s passion for the healing arts with her concern for young people.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  33 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 8 July 2002
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Cassandra's Angel is the touching and inspiring story of a child who truly wants to please - as most children do - but is constantly being given the message that she just can't do anything right.
Cassandra is truly everything that a little girl should be: delightful, beautiful, inquisitive, creative, intelligent, and imaginative. However, Cassandra doesn't know that. She thinks of herself as a child who just can't do anything right, because the adults in her life (who are suppose to know these things) keep sending her that message by the way they speak to her.
When her room needed to be picked up, her mother said that Cassandra was a messy girl. Cassandra stored that message in her mind...she was a messy girl.
When her art teacher told her to paint a picture of a house and a tree with seven red flowers and one yellow bee, she started by painting a magnificent tree that took all the room - none was left for the bee. Her little painting took on a life of its own and colorful images began to flow onto the canvas, as she became lost in her own imagination. Instead of admiring the beauty, talent, and self- statement of Cassandra's painting, her teacher scolded her and said she was incorrigible. Cassandra stored that message in her mind...she was incorrigible.
As this story unfolds Cassandra finds comfort, and learns a special secret about herself, from an unexpected source - her very own Angel! A truly beautiful one too! One who comes complete with everything a little girl thinks of when she thinks of angels: lovely soft wings, a golden crown, and a brilliant wondrous light. And what was the secret? It was the truth - the truth of what Cassandra really was.
This beautifully illustrated book, and the lessons found within its pages, will affect change and inspire parents and children everywhere. Perhaps the next time you speak to your child, you will speak as if the very Angels were listening.
Reviewed by Ruth Wilson
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Message With Delightful Illustrations 21 April 2005
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"All of the people who tell stories to you, they each have the truth deep inside of them, too. They have just forgotten it over the years, so now what you hear is their sadness and fears. It isn't their fault, all those stories they tell. They believed the stories they were given as well. Those old kinds of stories create guilt and fear, but today, Cassandra, those old stories stop here." -From the book

Each one of us lives a personal mythology that is created from the stories we have been told as children. These "stories" are the beliefs, attitudes, assumptions, and labels that were bestowed upon us by parents, teachers, and peers. Eventually replacing "you" with "I", we began to believe what others told us about our looks, intelligence, and behavior. Unfortunately, negative and demeaning stories impacted our life and delivered crushing blows to our fragile sense of self-whether we realized it or not.

Written by Gina Otto, Cassandra's Angel is a powerful tale that shows how stories of shame, fear, rejection, and indifference affect a little girl named Cassandra. Through an encounter with an angel that has accompanied her since before birth, Cassandra realizes that she doesn't have to accept the stories she has been told by her scolding mother, uptight teacher, rejecting peers, or the dismissive mayor. Rather, she could choose to believe that she was a bright light in the world-and that no one could change that story! The angel tells her:

"All of those things people have said to you, they are stories, Cassandra-not one of them true. You are never just what they believe you to be. You are even more than you think that you see."

Cassandra's Angel is a compelling book that encourages personal empowerment, self esteem, and the honoring of children. Coupled with the wisdom of author Gina Otto, the vibrant, whimsical, color-saturated images painted by artist Trudy Joost expresses a wide range of emotional experience-including the power of realizing that we can always choose a different story to believe.

Note: This book was a finalist in the Coalition of Visionary Resources, Best Children's Book 2002 and won first place in the Colorado Independent Publishers EVVY Award in the same year.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wondrous and uplifting story 15 Dec 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Cassandra's Angel is a powerful picturebook. Written in lyrical rhyme by Gina Otto and strikingly illustrated by Trudy Joost in full color, it tells the story of Cassandra, a young girl who is constantly being told by adults that she can't do anything right. But after she endures repeated verbal assaults that wear down her spirit, her very own angel visits her and gives her a new perspective on herself and others. Cassandra's Angel is a truly wondrous and uplifting story which is very highly recommended for both children and adults.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Story... 7 Aug 2002
By R. Goldman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book captivates young minds, it has each of my 4 grandchildren ages 2-6. They repeatedly ask that the book be read to them, even several times a day! It is written in rhyme, has a significant message and the illustrations are outstanding.
It is a book well worth owning and well worth giving as a gift.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Children & Adults Alike! 15 July 2005
By Katie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is absolutely amazing!!! The pictures are gorgeous, and the story a VERY important one!

I actually purchased this book for myself (I don't have any children), after reading the reviews written about it. And I must say that I am so glad I did - as it's just as important for adults to read as kids!

This is about a little girl who keeps hearing negative things about who & what she is by various people in her life - her mother, teacher & peers. Yet, through it all, she doesn't want to believe it - and keeps trying to be a good little girl.

By the end, she's not sure what to believe, and that's when her guardian angel appears. She explains that the other's are just repeating the stories they were told, when they were also just a few years old.

These stories are ones that create guilt & fear, but that can all change if those stories stop here. She can now tell stories of truth & of love & let people know that they were made special from above.

Overall, this is one of those books that has an important message for both children & adults, and I HIGHLY recommend it to EVERYONE!!!
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