Excellent Emma

Excellent Emma

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by Sally Warner, Jamie Harper
     
 

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Emma McGraw is good at many things. She's good at science. She's good at being a friend. But is she good enough to make her father proud? Suddenly she's not so sure. Her father and stepmother's niece has just won a big prize for horseback riding. How will Emma ever measure up? Before long, she has a plan. Winter Games Day is coming up at school and if Emma trains

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Emma McGraw is good at many things. She's good at science. She's good at being a friend. But is she good enough to make her father proud? Suddenly she's not so sure. Her father and stepmother's niece has just won a big prize for horseback riding. How will Emma ever measure up? Before long, she has a plan. Winter Games Day is coming up at school and if Emma trains really hard, she's sure to win her own prize-maybe even more than one! But once the games begin, Emma starts to see that being an excellent athlete isn't the same as being an excellent daughter.

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Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
After receiving an e-mail in which her father boasts about the horseback riding trophy won by his new wife's eight-year-old niece, Emma struggles to contain her emotions. Then, an announcement that her school will hold its First Annual Winter Games Day causes Emma to realize that this competition will be her opportunity to show her father that she, too, is a winner. Book five in the "Emma" series is a true-to-life tale of a sensitive eight-year-old girl who questions her father's love. Emma's uncertainty fades after her mother reassures her that his love is unconditional. Early in this story, readers unfamiliar with the series learn that Emma's insecurities stem from her parents' divorce and her father's remarriage and relocation abroad. Emma's selflessness, steadfastness, and spirit make her an excellent role model for young girls. This title, like its companion books in the series, is ideal for middle readers and their parents to read together and discuss. Reviewer: Mary Jo Edwards
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Emma desperately wants to be a "winner" to impress her distant father, who has remarried and moved to London. When a sports competition at school is announced, the third-grader sees her chance. Warner deftly captures the mix of emotions that such contests evoke. The children know that they should be good sports and support everyone's efforts, but doing so is hard when they really want to win themselves. Numerous lessons are learned by the time the games have ended, but the instruction is humorous and gentle. Warner is a dead-on observer of playground politics, and has a great ear for dialogue. The scene of Emma and her friend Annie Pat watching the boys as if they were a group of animals in the wild is funny and telling. Small-scale black-and-white watercolors add to the humor of the story. Done in a slightly impressionistic style, the illustrations depict Emma and her friends as well as imaginative items from Emma's musings, such as her teacher getting married while parachuting. Readers do not have to have read earlier books in the series to appreciate this one, but Emma's fans will be the most receptive audience for this installment.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670063109
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Series:
Emma Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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