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Angel Coming

Angel Coming

Illustrated by: Susan Gaber
For Ages: 3 - 6
Mama says we must be ready,
ready for that angel coming.

High in the hills of Kentucky, a little girl eagerly awaits the arrival of a very special visitor -- an "angel" who, she is told, will come riding up the mountain on horseback, carrying a baby sister or brother in her saddlebag.

Li'l sis is what I'm wanting.
Li'l sis is what I'll call her.
I'll braid her hair right pretty,
brush it out most every night.

But the "angel" is not exactly what the young narrator imagined, and neither is the precious bundle that comes when she least expects it.

This gem of a story highlights a little-known piece of American history: the Frontier Nursing Service, a pioneering group of women who came to be called "angels on horseback."
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442430778 | 
  • March 2011 | 
  • Grades P - 1
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Heather Henson
Photo Credit: Tim Ungs

Heather Henson

Heather Henson grew up in Kentucky and recently returned to her home state after spending many years in Brooklyn, New York, where she worked as an editor of children's books and a freelance writer. She now lives on a farm with her husband, Tim and three children, and is the author of several picture books and novels, including That Book Woman.

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