Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Vera B. Williams

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A funny book that makes you cry. A sad book that makes you laugh. A book about two sisters and their family that makes you wish you were part of it--and grateful that you are not. In short, this book is one surprise after another. The only thing that is not a surprise is that Vera B. Williams has created a wholly unforgettable, absolutely wonderful portrait of Amber, Essie, and their world. Open the book. You will never be the same again.

 

About Vera B. Williams

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Vera B. Williams is the award-winning creator of many books for children, including "More, More, More," Said the Baby: Three Love Stories and Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart. She lives in New York City. hr Vera B. Williams es la premiada creadora de numerosos libros infantiles, entre ellos "MÁs MÁs MÁs" dijo el bebe. Vive en la ciudad de Nueva York.
 
Published August 21, 2001 by Greenwillow Books. 72 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The girls are defined clearly in the opening lines: “Amber could write her name in script / Essie taught her / But Essie could read hard library books.” Essie takes care of Amber and comforts her when she is hungry or lonely.

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In our Best Books citation, PW wrote, "Through a pastiche of poems and pictures, Williams presents a moving and timeless portrait of two young sisters in a struggling family."

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In the opening entry, readers learn why older Essie is smart (she "could read hard library books/ .../ thread a needle,/ cook toasted cheese sandwiches/ make cocoa") and why Amber is brave ("She could get the grocery man/ to trust them for a container of milk/ though their mother/ couldn't pay hi...

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Williams tells this compelling tale in an equally compelling style, mixing a blend of simple sketchings and illustrations with short poems to tell the tale of Amber and Essie.

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