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The Unfinished Angel

The Unfinished Angel

Ditulis oleh Sharon Creech

Diceritakan oleh Samantha Quan


The Unfinished Angel

Ditulis oleh Sharon Creech

Diceritakan oleh Samantha Quan

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4/5 (13 peringkat)
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2 hours
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Sep 22, 2009
ISBN:
9780061961663
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Deskripsi

Peoples are strange!

The things they are doing and saying–sometimes they make no sense. Did their brains fall out of their heads? And why so much talking, all those words spilling out of those mouths? Why don't they be quiet?

In a tiny village high in the Swiss Alps, life for one angel has been the same, well, for as long as she (or he?) can remember. Until Zola arrives, a determined American girl who wears three skirts all at once. For neighbors who have been long time enemies, children who have been lost, and villagers who have been sleepily living their lives: hold on. Zola and the angel are about to collide. Zola is a girl with a mission. And our angel has been without one—till now.

This hilarious and endearing novel by Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech reminds us that magic is found in the most ordinary acts of kindness.

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Tentang penulis

Sharon Creech has written twenty-one books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler. Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, “lured there by our grandchildren,” Creech says. www.sharoncreech.com

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  • (1/5)
    absolutely awful.
  • (3/5)
    This book would be so much fun to read aloud with the accent. Probably the only way some students would understand the text and spellings. A delightful book. But, then I love Sharon Creech.
  • (4/5)
    "Magic is found in the most ordinary acts of kindness."

    The Unfinished Angel is such a touching, sweet, innocent and funny book. It's such a light and uplifting read that just gives you "happy feels" all throughout the book. It's nice to take a break from all the cheesy, romantic, and thrilling books and just read a book like The Unfinished Angel.
  • (4/5)
    An unusual tale told from the perspective of an innocent (and seemingly young) angel in the stone tower of an ancient villa in the Swiss Alps, award-winning author Creech expresses the joy and sorrow of the experiences of the humans the angel snoops on as they go about their daily business. Told with the simple and sometimes confused language of someone who is an inexperience speaker of English, readers will find the unlikely protagonist hilarious and endearing. A myriad of colorful characters pepper the curious plot as the angel develops an unlikely friendship with young Zola, a new arrival who seems to be the first person to recognize the angel’s existence. An easy read with short chapters, this coming-of-age fantasy tale will lend itself towards a discussion of the importance of ordinary acts of kindness in the lives of those who are misunderstood or who have little available to them in life.
  • (4/5)
     I think that this is a great book! I really like how the perspective of the book comes from an angel. I think that it is really cool to have the speaker of the book be that of something that is non-human. I think this gives the book somewhat of a twist and makes it an interesting read. I also like how the book has a setting that is not very commonplace or heard of, Casa Rosa, a tiny village in the Swiss Alps. I think that this also makes the book very interesting and different to read. Another thing that I liked about this book was the angel's characteristics. I like how the angel was supposed to know how to protect people and fix things and was also supposed to know many different types of languages but doesn't know how to use them. I think that this links very closely to the central message of the book, which is that sometimes it takes time to figure out our purpose in life or we may not know or see what it is right away, but everyone does indeed have a purpose. I think that by having the angel not understand her purpose throughout the story and feel useless at times gives way for a great mirroring effect for readers of this book. This book could easily appeal to reader's who don't have a sense of self, are not confident in themselves, or simply don't feel as if they have a purpose.
  • (5/5)
    There are so few books that have touched me deeply enough that I couldn't imagine my life without having read them: The Alchemist, The Little Prince, The Graveyard Book. And now, I add to that list The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech.

    The story is simple. It goes like this: an angel lives in a tower in a small village in the Swiss Alps. This angel, he isn't sure what his purpose is. "Me, I am an angel. I am supposed to be having all the words in all the languages, but I am not. Many are missing. I am also not having a special assignment. I think I did not get all the training. . . . Do the other angels know what they are doing? Am I the only confused one? Maybe I am unfinished, an unfinished angel."

    This angel watches over the people of this little village, and then one day, an American family comes to live in the house attached to his tower. Zola, a young girl vibrant with life and colors—she wears three different colored skirts and numerous bright ribbons at the same time—meets angel and actually sees him. Thus begins an unlikely friendship between a vivacious girl and a grumpy angel.

    Though the events of the story are ordinary, there is an uncommon grace and elegance to the prose, even with an angel narrator that cannot speak English properly and often fuses words. ("Zola smills, smuggles, what is the word? What is it, that word for happy teeth??") But more than that, the beauty of the story outshines any I have read in a long while.

    Through often misguided efforts, angel watches over his town and his "peoples." By the end of the book, angel realizes he has a purpose, and we recognize the goodness that there is in the world and the hearts of the people who populate it.

    "I am feeling most hopeful watching these peoples. I don't know what to say about this feeling. I don't eat food, but if I did, maybe it is as if I were hungry, so hungry, and I didn't even know it, and then I found a mountain of food and I ate and ate, and then I sat back contentful and there was still more mountain for the next day and the next day. Maybe it is like that. I don't know. Since I don't eat food, it is hard to say."

    After reading this striking story, I am feeling contentful as well.

    In conclusion, this mesmerizing story is one that will become a classic, and I would not be too far off in saying I see this as a strong contender for the Newberry. Every child, every adult should become friends with this unfinished angel and let him help you become more of a finished person.

    P.S. I have serious issues with the book's cover design. Had I not read a review of the book previous to buying it, I would most likely have passed it over.
  • (4/5)
    I thought that the unfinished angel was really cute. This book shows that not everone knows their purpose. It could be something as simple as helping others and improving life for the better.
  • (4/5)
    A rather aimless and confused angel lives in a tower in Switzerland until Zola arrives. Although the angel is invisible to most people, Zola can see her/him and she has very firm ideas as to what the angel should be doing. Under Zola’s direction, the angel rescues a group of orphans and gradually the sleepy Swiss village starts to wake up and come alive.This gently humorous book is a thoughtful read that would appeal to adults as well as children.
  • (5/5)
    Another good Sharon Creech novel. I intend to select it for use in a future mother/daughter book club. An angel and a girl team up to save a group of orphans and by doing so, the town.
  • (3/5)
    Tiny moments. I didn't like the dialect. Too Jar-Jar a means to convey this quiet story. Readers may like the short chapters. I wonder though if the narrative strand is too vague for the average young reader. Tender intentions but not one I would recommend.
  • (5/5)
    In a small town in Italy, an angel watches over the townspeople even though she isn't really sure what her responsibilities are. The people can't see her until a man and his daughter come from America to build an international school, and the daughter Zola not only knows that she's an angel, she speaks with her and expects her to fix problems in the village, like when she discovers a group of homeless children hiding in an abandoned shed. The angel, who clearly isn't sure what she's supposed to do, follows Zola's lead. Told in the mixed-up voice of the angel, this book shows that even those who we think are in charge may not feel quite so confident of their abilities.
  • (5/5)
    This book was hilarious about an angel living in an ancient tower in the Swiss Alps. A family moves in and the daughter Zolo can actually see the angel and begins telling the angel what to do . . . and the angel doesn't like peoples telling her what to do. Crazy characters and fun vocabulary make this a great read.