Just because you don’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Sometimes invisible friends are real. Angel Friends is a touching story about a girl and her new ‘friend’.
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Angel Friends was written by new author, Tara Williams, and is
based on a true story of my niece who lost her dad at 2 years old, and she kept saying things to her mom that were messages from her dad. Her mother didn’t believe until there were just too many coincidences.
The story has been simplified and made ‘child friendly’ and is not in the least bit frightening. It is a lovely book about friendship for anyone to read with their children.
There are many people who talk to loved ones after they have passed away. They feel comfort in doing so, and believe that they are heard. As adults we think nothing of this, but when a child talks to an imaginary friend, it’s often seen as cute or something they must get over. Imaginary friends can’t be real….or can they?
India is a little girl who has an imaginary friend, an angel called Julia. India’s mom doesn’t believe that Julia is real. India and Julia love to play together and sing,
Angels are around you everyday
and every night.
Just look very close
the sparkles are so bright!
Angels fly, angels sing,
angels can do anything!
Julia gives India a white feather and says that whenever she sees one, it’s an angel saying ‘hi!.
One day after the rain stopped and a rainbow appeared, a feather floated down into the sink of dishes India’ mom was washing, as if out of thin air. Then they saw a sparkle just above the rainbow through the window. India’s mom was overcome with comforting love. Now she believed as well.
Angel Friends is a lovely book and it can be a stepping-stone for parents to talk, as well as to listen, to their children. My uncle passed away this summer; it was the first death my children had experience of. Although we are an ocean away they have met him and know who he is. They saw me grieving and although they are very bright, it’s a tough concept to wholly understand so young. We used this book to talk more about it and how some people still ‘feel’ their loved ones nearby and take comfort from talking to them, even though they aren’t physically in the room.
Kallista is just at the age where she has ‘imaginary’ friends and can tell all sorts of stories about them. It’s interesting to listen to these stories and learn what she’s thinking about. If something seems to be troubling her or one of her friends then we can talk about it.
Whether you believe in angels or not, Angel Friends is a touching story about friendship and love. And if you enjoy this book, hop over to our review of Angel Friends: Let Your Smile Shine.
For more information about Tara and Angel Friends, you can check our her website here.