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.
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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.| Read Full Review of Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart
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."| Read Full Review of Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart
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...| Read Full Review of Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart
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.| Read Full Review of Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart
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