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Posted April 28, 2003
Emily Howard wasn't having a particularly good day. She tried on her older sister's bonnet only to have it snatched by her brother's goat. Then, the dogs chased a cat through the house creating a trail of mess that included the spilling of Emily's guaranteed freckle remover. So Mama, in order to try to have a little peace and quiet, sent the youngsters out to pick blackberries (not a chore they enjoyed). It seemed like the day wasn't improving until a brightly painted wagon carrying a photographer arrived. Now, taking a photo of the Howard family was, to say the least, a challenge for the photographer. However, it's a lot of fun to read about. Faye Gibbons has done a worthy job of recreating life on a farm during the turn of the 20th century. Sun washed illustrations enhance the text, especially the portraits of red-haired, freckle faced Emily.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.