Tina is a sixth-grader with a mission: She desperately wants her family to "adopt" a needy child through the Rescue the Children program. But how can they afford it? She and her brother Nathaniel make plans to earn the necessary money themselves, but Tina's little sister Angela doesn't seem to understand what it's all about. Tina explains to Angela about all the children in the world who don't have enough food to eat or a decent place to live.
ISBN 0590403826 - A sequel to ISBN 0590449036 Mom, You're Fired!, which I gave 5 stars, I found Oh Honestly, Angela not quite as well done. For the message, however, and for the delivery - something I'm finding Robinson has a gift for - I'm giving it 5 stars anyway.
Angela wakes up to find her older sister, Tina, sleeping in her bed. Tina's had a nightmare and it's a scary one: there was no Christmas! Possibly the only thing that ranks up there for Angela is the possibility that she won't get the last strawberry smelly sticker for being a good citizen. Meanwhile, Tina is made aware of starving children when she attends a fundraiser with Melissa and her parents and she decides, on the spot, to adopt a child. While their mother is doing jury duty, Angela and Tina try to deal with their problems on their own. Tina needs to raise $204 for the orphan she wants to adopt and Angelaâ¦ well, Angela gets the real Christmas lesson in giving.
The message is, like in Mom, You're Fired, so subtly done that it may go over the heads of the youngest readers, but I don't think it will. Even if it does, Oh Honestly, Angela is such a nice story that it's worthwhile. Best of all, the parents are around but not huge factors in the story, or the message. That's why kids might grasp that message easier: it's told to them in a way that any kid can relate to. I am most definitely a fan of this author! RL5, ages 8-12.
Tina is a sixth-grader with a mission' She desperately wants her family to 'adopt' a needy child the the Rescue the Children program. But how can the afford it? She and her brother Nathaniel make plans to earn the necessary moneythemselves, but Tina's little sister Angela doesn't seem to understand what it's all about. Tina explains to Angela about all the children in the world who don't have enough food to eat or a decent place to live.