Emma Bean

Emma Bean

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by Jean Van Leeuwen, Juan Wijngaard
     
 

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Emma Bean has black button eyes and whiskers that curl up like a smile. She is Molly's best companion. Molly and Emma Bean do everything together -- taste new food, go to the doctors office, share bedtime secrets. Young children will cuddle their own special stuffed animals a little closer during the enchanting Emma Bean. "Will charm children and adults

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Emma Bean has black button eyes and whiskers that curl up like a smile. She is Molly's best companion. Molly and Emma Bean do everything together -- taste new food, go to the doctors office, share bedtime secrets. Young children will cuddle their own special stuffed animals a little closer during the enchanting Emma Bean. "Will charm children and adults alike who have ever had an especially loved toy friend." -- Booklist Jean Van Leeuwen is the author of the bestselling Easy-to-Read books about Oliver and Amanda Pig, as well as many picture books and novels. She lives in Chappaqua, New York. Juan Wijngaard is also the author/illustrator of Going to Sleep on the Farm (Dial/Puffin).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pieced together from the ``scraps of long-ago dress,'' the button-eyed bunny Emma Bean is sent as a gift to the infant Molly. The toy's first encounter with ``her'' girl is not promising: ``there she was, face-to-face with a baby. . . . Its mouth was wide open and it was crying. The noise was just terrible.'' In the years that follow, the stoic stuffed animal accompanies Molly to the doctor's office, shares Molly's meals, participates willingly in Molly's father's game of Toss the Bunny, and listens to Molly's bedtime secrets. Van Leeuwen's tender yet unsentimental text is studded with telling details: runaway Molly packs ``her pillow and pajamas and crayons and motorcycle.'' Realistic watercolors echo the story's moods through clever use of light and shadow. While avoiding an anthropomorphic approach, the nostalgia-tinged illustrations give a sense of the myriad of emotions that seem to emanate from the toy rabbit. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Joan Carris
It begins, "Once there was a rabbit and she had a girl," and continues with a nicely unsentimental tale of Emma Bean, a toy rabbit handmade for a girl named Molly. Emma gets dragged, hauled, soaked in the bath, injected at the pediatrician's office, and stained with food, but she and Molly are a pair for life. "I am going to keep her forever," Molly declares. Readers will find the enchanting and detailed watercolor illustrations more memorable than the story, which nevertheless has well-honed prose. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-``Once there was a rabbit and she had a girl.'' So begins the story of Emma Bean, made from the ``scraps of long-ago dresses'' by Molly's grandmother. The two are inseparable, from the child's infancy through Emma accompanying her on the first day of kindergarten, where they find new friends in Sara Louise and her bear Gloria. The text, which gently highlights the events in the pair's relationship, is simple and often rhythmic. The illustrations, from the glowing colors of the Maxfield Parrish-like cover to the intimate picture of Molly in bed whispering in Emma's ear with the shadows of night falling across them, capture readers' attention. The artist plays with light, color, and perspective to enhance the mood of the story. Occasionally there is an awkwardly rendered perspective as in the picture of Molly and her father tossing the bunny, which places viewers on the ceiling looking down, yet most are successful. Each full-page picture, set in a white border surrounded by a thin reddish line, evokes the feeling of an unfolding memoir, like pictures in an album. Kathryn Galbraith's Laura Charlotte (Philomel, 1990) is similar in both tone and in the lushness of the illustrations, although Emma Bean focuses more on the relationship between the child and her toy. A book that will appeal to many children.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140562965
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Emma Bean 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It will and has become a timeless story in our home. I was told of my doll I always had with me and my daughter has an stuffy dog she always has with her. This is a beautifully written book with sweet pictures. I recomend it for a gift for your daughter later or to read to her now. Tell your child whom you use to whisper your childhood secrets to.