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Angel Wings Reviews

“Cody loved this book, “ said Kathy Lee Gifford, actress & singing artist

“My grandson, 5 years old, wants us to read him his Maggie book,” says Jeanette at the local post office.

“This is the most beautiful book. I got one for myself and my friend who collects angels,” says Pat Stone of Casselberry , Florida .

“We need more books like this,” says Rosie of California .

JoAn W. Martin, Reviewer at Baytown Sun, Baytown , TX :
“Children will love the text and pictures in Angel Wings .
“Pam Van Scoyoc discovers the joy of putting her imagination into words. She uses children's loving natures and honest emotions to turn dreams into joy. Illustrated by Susenne Telage in bright colors with beautifully blended background, this picture book is for all young children and their parents. What better ending than Maggie's Angel Song set to music.”

A Barnes & Noble Online reviewer, a 25-year old mother of two. . . Wonderful story. This is one of the best stories ever written for children. There should be more out there like it. It is definitely worth the wait. I recommend it to any one with children of all ages.

A Barnes & Noble Online reviewer. . . an inspired story for young and old. It's worth waiting for this (it ships from the publisher) but I haven't seen a more beautifully illustrated book and sweeter story. This addresses the fears that kids and adults have and shows how one little angel overcomes hers. There's a big message in this little book!


Angel Wings  |  The Ballerina With Webbed Feet  |  I Could Catch a Whale

The Ballerina With Webbed Feet / La Bailarina Palmípeda Reviews

School Library Journal – January 2005

K-Gr 2 – Pattie Patty dreams of being a ballerina, but every time she tries she crashes to the ground. The geese laugh and her fellow ducks just shake their heads. Patty tries everything: toe shoes, tutu and tiara, but to no avail. Finally, demoralized by her failure and the cackling geese, the little duck gives up and cries. Her friends-Dog, Pig and Frog- step in, letting her know that her dancing brings joy and humor to their lives. The message about belief in self and encouragement from others comes through loud and clear, and the repetitive text reads nicely in both English and the competent Spanish translation. Illustrated in fresh, kinetic watercolors, this is a book to share alongside Pamela Duncan Edwards's Honk! The Story of a Prima Swanerina (Hyperion, 1998).

February 2005

The students at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School truly enjoyed your visit on January 4, 2005.  We knew the younger, preschool children would enjoy the story of The Ballerina with Webbed Feet , but they also proved to be enthusiastic actors in your little “production.”  Everyone, including parents and faculty, was delighted.  I was particularly pleased at the program you presented to the older grades (1-5) in the afternoon.  Your demonstration of the writing and illustration processes, together with a discussion of the publication process, was right on target for this age group.  I'm sure you've inspired quite a few young minds to consider a career in the book world.  We hope to see you back at St. Clare to share your next venture!

I know that at least three classrooms are planning to send you a thank you letter(s) written by the students.  Everyone, including our principal, LOVED your presentations. 

Donna Maloy
Library Manager, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School
Clear Lake area of Houston , Texas


When author Pam Van Scoyoc read The Ballerina With Webbed Feet to children at Van Alstyne , Texas, their laughter showed how much they liked this wonderful, whimsical book.  The book is a perfect match of author and illustrator.  You will love the story and you will love the illustrations.  We cannot wait for another story about Pattie Patty and her friends. 

And about her program:

The children at Van Alstyne Public Library were delighted by Pam Van Scoyoc's presentation of The Ballerina With Webbed Feet .  After Pam detailed the creative process, the selection of an illustrator, and the steps involved in publication of a book, she brought out the special ballet shoes. There was a rush to get in line for a chance to try them out.  Children pirouetted, glided, and slid as they learned what it's like to dance with webbed feet. It was a successful part of our summer reading program, thoroughly enjoyed by both children and parents. 

Juanita Hazelton, Director, Van Alstyne Public Library


Baytown Sun, Sunday September 5, 2004, Book Looks by JoAn Martin
Readers will fall over laughing with Van Scoyoc's little webbed ballerina
Van Scoyoc, Pam. “The Ballerina With Webbed Feet, La Bailarina Palmípeda.”
Translated by Diane E. Teichman.
Illustrated by R. J. Lewis.
By Grace Enterprises
Hardback. 2004. $16.98. Ages 4-9, ISBN 0-9663629-2-6.
In Spanish and English, Pam Van Scoyoc offers a beautiful picture book that emphasizes friendship and self-acceptance.
Pattie Patty, a small duck, has a large ambition: she wants to become a gorgeous ballerina. She is willing to practice, practice, practice to attain her goal. But she has problems with her twirling and whirling. When she falls everyone laughs and her fellow ducks are embarrassed.
Pattie decides the answer is a tutu. But she even fell down in her new pink satin tutu. Maybe a sparkling tiara would do the trick.
When she views her reflection in the pond, she sees a “more perfect” ballerina. Even “absolutely perfect” ballet shoes do not solve her problem.
Pattie continues to fall into the worst of places. Who wouldn't cry? She hides behind a tree, but is so loud that her friends feel sorry for her. When she shares her tutu, her tiara, her ballet shoes, everyone has fun dancing with her. Pattie recognizes that true friendship means accepting less than perfect friends.
Pam Van Scoyoc, whose first book, Angel Wings, was published in 1998, says, “Children's picture books are magical and I love having a part in producing them.”
Translator, Diane Teichman's passion is removing language barriers so that children's stories flow across borders.
Illustrator R. J. Lewis is an award-winning cover designer.
Although this is his first picture book, the art and the text compliment each other perfectly. From the whimsical tutu clad duck, with outsized ballet shoes, to the swirling, whirling action of the animal characters, young readers will find comical figures to laugh with and love as best friends.

JoAn Martin reviews children's books for the Baytown Sun. She is a retired teacher.
She may be reached at Review 12/16/2004


December 16, 2004

What a wonderful Bilingual book! We need a copy of this book in every classroom. I loved how her friends helped her discover the joy of dancing instead of being perfect! Many of us relate to loving something even if we're not perfect at it. This book will inspire parents who are also struggling with the many issues of parenting and “making it” through the process.

Gerónima Garza
Bilingual Parent Advocate
Cypress – Fairbanks Independent School District
Houston , Texas 77065
Summer 2004


Your program is AWESOME!

Carolyn Carter
Juvenile Librarian
Port Arthur Public Library, Port Arthur , Texas


October 2004

Review of The Ballerina With Webbed Feet/ La Bailarina Palmípeda
Written by Pam Van Scoyoc

As an ESL Instructor and an aunt of young children, I thrill to find bilingual picture books that carry a message! ESL students, even adults, relish reading repeated words and phrases; this technique helps them build their English vocabulary so much faster. Moreover, what better and subtle method of teaching Spanish to young children! The Ballerina with Webbed Feet offers same page text positioning of both the Spanish and English paragraphs, which helps to build compare and contrast skills for young language learners. The story of Patty Pattie, the duck ballerina, teaches the rewards of perseverance, and that excuses can't cloud our dreams for long. While, the geese laugh and quite possibly bully her when she falls repeatedly in her efforts to be a "perfect" ballerina, her true friends offer her words of encouragement. In the somewhat unpredictable ending, they all have great fun dancing together, imperfectly, perhaps another lesson to not always take ourselves so seriously. The gorgeous large-scale illustrations enliven the story and add to its humor. You'll truly enjoy this upbeat story and want to share it with many others.

Catherine M. Waterman
Adjunct Professor, ESL and Education Departments
Instructional Designer, Reading Department
Anne Arundel Community College , Annapolis , Maryland


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I Could Catch a Whale / Yo Podria Pescar Una Ballena Reviews


From School Library Journal 2005
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Andy has a big imagination. He just knows that if he could only go fishing, he could catch a whale or a great white shark or a giant swordfish, etc. His father, however, can't go with him, as he must work. His mother is involved with the laundry, his grandfather is off to a motorcycle rally, big brother Tommy has baseball practice, and sister Tessa tells him quite frankly that she knows nothing about fishing and hates worms. When it dawns on him that she didn't really say no, he explains that whales don't eat worms, and she is actually game for instruction. Though her mercy is touching, the Spanish translation is a bit bookish.


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