Emma Dilemma by Kristine O'Connell George
Big Sister Poems (This book won the Claudia Lewis Award)

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Emma is Jess's little sister . . . and her dilemma. How can one small girl be sweet, funny, imaginative, playful, and affectionate as well as a clinging vine, brat, tattletale, and nuisance–all at the same time? Why is Jess supposed to be a good big sister while Emma doesn't have to be a good little sister? The highlights and low points of this sibling relationship are insightfully evoked in short and simple poems, some funny, some touching, and all resonant with emotional truth. Every child with a younger sibling will recognize Jess's dilemma and the combination of ambivalence and deep loyalty that is built into the sibling relationship. Nancy Carpenter's graceful illustrations perceptively complement Kristine O'Connell George's agile poems.

About Kristine O'Connell George

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Kristine O'Connell George is an acclaimed poet who conducts poetry workshops for children and also for teachers. She lives with her family in Southern California. Nancy Carpenter, illustrator of many successful picture books, lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published February 22, 2011 by Clarion Books. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jessica even makes space for Emma while doing homework—“I move over, give her plenty of elbow room, / because the pictures inside Emma’s head are bigger than the kitchen table”—knowing that Emma loves her because she’s “the only one / who can remember / the names of all her / rocks.” This touchin...

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A likable fourth-grader shares her frustrations about her preschool-age sister, Emma, in candid narrative poems.

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