Emma's Question by Catherine Urdahl

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A question scritches and scratches at the back of Emma's throat.

Emma is a curious kid. She loves to ask questions—and she loves the silly answers that her grandmother always gives. But now Emma has a very important question, one that she is bursting to ask, one that scritches and scratches at the back of her throat. Her grandmother is sick and has to stay in the hospital. Emma wonders if Grandma will still be able to read to her kindergarten; if she will still make up funny stories over bagels on Wednesdays; if she will still be able to watch her after school. But mostly Emma wonders if Grandma is going to die.

EMMA'S QUESTION helps families to answer the question that all kids face at one time or another. Geared toward young children, the story uses gentle humor and simple explanations to describe what is happening to Grandma in the hospital. Funny, sweet illustrations show the depth and closeness of Emma and Grandma’s relationship.

About Catherine Urdahl

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Catherine Urdahl is the author of Emma's Question. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Mai S. Kemble has illustrated many children's books, including Taylor's Birthday Party, I Can Speak Bully, and The Moon and the Night Sweeper, which she also wrote. Mai lives in Portland, Oregon.
Published February 1, 2009 by Charlesbridge. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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The buildup to the revelation of Emma’s titular question takes some time, while Urdahl introduces Emma, her parents and her beloved, hospitalized Grandma.

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More importantly, she responds candidly when Emma blurts her burning question: “Are you going to die?” “Sometime,” Grandma replies.

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