After completing two courses at the Institute of Children's Literature, Diane Smit was hooked on writing for children. With more than 40 stories and poems published in various children's magazines, such as My Friend, Partners, Apple Seeds, Story Mates, My Little Friend, Primary Treasure, and Stories for Children Magazine, The Angel's Message will be her first picture book. She has recently became poetry editor for My Light Magazine, a Catholic e-line children's magazine.
The Angel's Message
Illustrated by Kim Sponaugle
Sisters Heather and Abbie make the annual Christmas play come alive in “The Angel’s Message”. Abbie has Down syndrome and Heather is concerned that she might ruin the play for her. Although things don't go as planned, Abbie helps Heather realize what is most important.
Irene Roth | 19/04/2012
Diane Smit’s The Angel’s Message is a wonderful picture book for kids about the true meaning of Christmas. It is both educational and inspiring, which is a rare combination for a picture book. The story is about two sisters, Heather and Abbie who are trying to get into the Christmas play at their school. After try outs, Heather and Abbie find out that they are both in the school play. Both sisters are thrilled at the news. Heather will be playing Mary while Abbie will be one of the angels. During the play, everything seems to be going very well until Abbie comes to the crèche and screams, He’s alive! What a great message for all readers! For many kids, the true meaning of Christmas is mostly unknown. Smit shows the reader that Christmas is so much more than gifts under the tree or happy people sitting around the dinner table. There is a very special gift that is given to us for Christmas. All we have to do is embrace Him!
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