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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Emma's Question (Picture Book)



Released January 2009

www.charlesbridge.com

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Emma was all excited because tomorrow Grandma, the “funniest guest reader in the whole kindergarten,” was coming to class. It would really be a great day, but she’d have to sneak out of bed to make sure her Mama put the book in her bag. When she reached the top of the stairs, she saw Mama crying on the phone. Something was very wrong. Daddy told her that Grandma was sick and would have to stay in the hospital for a while. Well, Emma had been sick a lot last year, including a bout with the chicken pox, but didn’t have to go to the hospital. This was really bad!

Emma was upset because on Wednesdays Grandma took her out to get bagels and made up “funny stories about the people at the next table.” If Mama took her, it would be NO fun. At school the next day she was very unsettled and even told Duncan to “Shut up.” Things only got worse. Emma was told she couldn’t visit Grandma at the hospital and when Mama was there visiting her things were not the same. She had a “question [that] would not go away.” Then finally she was going to be able to go to the hospital. She brought along her Chutes and Ladders game and her question. What on Earth did Emma want to ask her precious Grandma?

This is a wonderful story to read to the young child who is facing the illness and/or possible death of someone in their life. Young children often are left by the wayside with unanswered questions they desperately want answered. When a parent or caretaker reads this book with a child, it will give them the perfect opportunity to ask those difficult questions.

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