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Pascual and the Kitchen Angels

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When Pascual is born, angels fly down and sing to him from the trees. When he sings to the sheep as a little boy, they sing back to him. But when Pascual joins the Franciscans, they send him to the kitchen. Pascual doesn't know how to cook even a cup of beans! That's when the kitchen angels fly down, and delicious dinners appear on the friars' table night after night. Fina ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 19th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published January 5th 2004)
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Paul
DePaola adds another carefully executed telling of a saint’s life in this book. The Author’s Note at the end gives us the factual account of Pascual’s actual life, while dePaola’s narrative unfolds the legend that grew up about him. DePaola’s stylized devices might not be for everyone, but I think it will be easily engaged by young readers. As for the underlying spiritual themes, the story depicts godly devotion and prayer, the interweaving of the everyday world with the supernatural, and Franci ...more
Jill
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed seeing the story told in the illustrations, but the author’s note at the end of the book was my favorite.
Kat
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I learn more about unknown Saints from Tomie dePaola then anywhere else. Great story, wonderful illustrations.
Josiah
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
The pictures in this book represent, to me, some of the finest artwork that Tomie dePaola has created in any of his famous picture books. The book jacket says that the illustrations are closely reminiscent of the old style of Italian frescoes, and I most definitely agree with that statement. The subdued drawings in Pascual and the Kitchen Angles do have an unmistakable old Italian charm about them, and this reverently antiquated feel perfectly captures the thrust of Pascual's story.

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Ruhama
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Pascual is born with a flock of angels flying outside his house. His parents determine that God must love their little boy very much, and watch him grow up to be first a shepherd, and later a friar. All he wanted to do in life is feed the hungry, but the friars make him their cook, so he didn’t have time to go out with them. Unfortunately, another fly in the soup is Pascual doesn’t know how to cook! But he gets on his knees and prays, and while he is praying, angels come and cook for him. Eventu ...more
The Hofs
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Found this second hand in mint condition. We inscribed it and gave it to one of the girls for Christmas without reading it. I was so happy when I read the story. . . .a child born to a faith filled couple who is simple and decides to give himself to God as a brother. When he is assigned as the kitchen cook, the angels come to his aid. Of course, it is based on a true story which makes it even more charming. It wasn't until I had read it a few more times that I realized that the book was SIGNED b ...more
Skylar Burris
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My daughter loves these legends by Tomie dePaola. We've mostly been reading the Indian ones. Although she was better able to relate to this one because it is closer to our own (Christian) tradition, I think it was a little too light to really captivate her. (She likes stories with a little darkness.) Nevertheless, she and I both enjoyed it, and she could relate to the child Pascual singing and praying with the lambs, since she does the same by "playing church" with her stuffed animals. I may cha ...more
Patricia
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the story of Pascual, the good and pious Spanish shepherd who joins the Franciscan monastery in Loreto. There he becomes the friars' cook. The only problem is that Pascual doesn't know how to cook. His solution? He prays, and while he prays, angels come and cook for him. Finally, the monks learn his secret and allow Pascual to go with them to feed the hungry.

This is a sweet retelling of the story of St. Pascual in true TdP style, and a good book to share with the young children in your l
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Anna
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ages 4-8

A beautiful story about the patron saint of cooks and the kitchen. This is a good book to edcuate about Spainish and Latin cultures. The book does have religious basis, so one might want to double check with his or her administration before it is used in the classroom. However, it would be perfect for a Christian school or to recommend to a student with Mexican heritage.

Uses: service, faith, giving, helping the needy, feeding the poor.
Lesley Looper
I was totally charmed by this book! Love the illustrations, and the story of the boy who tends the sheep and then goes to the monastery to feed the poor, but ends up "cooking" for the monks--cute! I got a big kick out of the whole "kitchen angel" thing, and the explanation in the back of the book says Pascuel actually is the patron saint of the kitchen and cooks! Who knew?! (Not me!)
Jenn
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I am already a huge fan of Tomie dePaola's writing and his artwork, so of course I love this book. It is a sweet story/legend of Saint Pascual. I also like how dePaola adds the real story of the saint on the last page.

It is a brightly colored book with a nice stroy about a boy who sees angels and wants to help the poor. Excellent story for children and enjoyable for adults.
Jean-Marie
I read this one to my 7- and 11-year old to complement our middle ages history lesson about monks of the Christian Church. This picture book biography tells the legend behind the kitchen angels of Saint Pascual Bailon, the shepherd boy turned friar, who is the patron saint of cooks and the kitchen.
Michele
Mar 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, picturebook
Pascual has been blessed by God. His family sends him to a monastery where the monks ask him to prepare dinner. Pascual doesn't know how to boil water. He prays and angels prepare the meal. Author's note includes biography on Pascual, the patron saint of cooks and the kitchen.
Becca
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Pasqual is a monk who lives in the kitchen, but he doesn't cook. He prays and the kitchen angels prepare the food. The other monks see the angels and so they olet Pascual go feed the poor with them.
Leigh
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Who knew good food is cooked by angels? I didn't know that and neither does the hero of this picture book, Pascual. He wants to be a monk, but the monks want him as their cook, never mind that he can't boil water. So, angels help him out. A cute story and great illustrations.
Victoria Binkerd
Who doesn't love Tomie DePaola?! The story is so lovely. dePaola's style is so distinctive and he never disappoints. I sure wish I had a kitchen angel!
Kristin
Totally cute book about the patron saint of cooks. He can't cook--so angels cook for him. Just cute.
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) was best known for his books for children.

He had a five-decade writing and illustrating career during which he published more than 270 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the New
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