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Title: Angel in the Waters
Author: Regina Doman, illustrated by Ben Hatke
Publisher: Sophia Press Institute, USA
Date Published: October 2004
Price: paperback $6.95
Comments: Ages 4 to 8
About the Author
Regina Doman is the author of several books for young adults, including most
recently Black as Night: A Fairy Tale Retold ( Bethlehem Books) and is the
series editor of Catholic Teen Novel Project (Sophia). Ms. Doman wrote Angel in
the Waters while expecting her first child in 1995. Today she and her husband
have five children. She recalls how the came about:
"My youngest sister Anna started to talk when she was not even two years old.
My sister Alicia who was studying early childhood education had read that
some young children who learn to talk early can describe life in the womb. So
Alicia asked Anna if she remembered being in Mommy's tummy.
'Yes,' Anna said.
'What was it like?' Alicia asked.
Anna said, 'It was warm, and dark, and there was an angel there.'"
Ben Hatke is an artist and illustrator working in Virginia where he lives
with his wife, daughter, two cats, and eleven chickens. As he illustrated this
book, he and his wife began waiting and preparing for their second child to
emerge from the waters.
He created the striking illustrations for Angel in the Waters using a blend
of traditional and digital media.
Ben is currently working on an assortment of children's book and comic book
In its mother’s womb, a tiny baby grows, explores the waters, and talks with
the angel who is there.
These gentle illustrations and wise words tell the story of that baby and the
angel in the waters . . . a story that delights all children, because the
journey from conception to birth is their story, too.
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