Cassandra's Angel

Image of Cassandra's Angel
Release Date: 
October 4, 2011
Sterling Children's Books
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When Cassandra gets scolded for having an untidy room and messy dress, she becomes sad and begins to think she, as a person, really is a mess. Deciding she’s not, she commences cleaning up while promising herself she’ll be messy no more.

Going outside to play, three children are mean to Cassandra and make her sad yet again. Then, the next day in school as the class begins to paint, Cassandra becomes carried away by painting all over the room. Her teacher reprimands her and again she cannot understand what she did wrong. She feels alone and different.

Cassandra decides to stop at the mayor’s office on her way home. She hopes he will be able to tell her what is wrong with her, but he is too busy to talk to her. Feeling more alone and very sad, she runs away crying, telling herself she isn’t bad and wonders if anyone will ever see her as a good person. When her angel suddenly appears, she tells her just how special she really is.

So many children have fears and insecurities. Negative and damaging comments go straight to their hearts. When Cassandra becomes overcome with bad feelings about herself—even though deep inside she thinks she is a good person—her mind starts believing she is no good until she learns from her angel that she is special and has worth.

Colorful, fantastical, air-brushed illustrations add a touch of whimsy to the rhyming prose in this picture book, teaching a powerful lesson, relating a story to which all children can relate.