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Angel Mae (Tales from Trotter Street) Paperback – 6 Sep 1999
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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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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.