Reviewed by author, Pam Allyn.
Reading poetry together is a wonderful way to share a love of words with your child. Girls will delight in the exploits of the boisterous Emily in Emily Stew. Each poem by Thomas Rockwell is an opportunity to get to know the many sides of Emily’s personality that make her as unique as your girl undoubtedly is. The humorous, rhythmic vignettes share Emily’s many moods and also how she interacts with the world around her. David McPhail’s pen and ink illustrations highlight the eccentricities of Emily’s methods for fighting boredom, getting dressed and so many other everyday activities that keep her busy and will keep you and your girl smiling. Together you can ponder the countless elements of your own unparalleled selves. Like Emily, are there elements of your personality that are contradictory or surprising? What do you treasure? What do you hope to be better at? Thinking about who we are and how we act, helps us to decide who we want to be. These playful poems are a lighthearted way to help your girl think about who she is and dream about the woman she might one day grow into. April is National Poetry Month, so in celebration of the world of poetry and of the exceptional girl in your world, enjoy a little Emily Stew!
ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
Pam Allyn is the author of The Complete 4 for Literacy, a guide for educators, and coauthor of the six-book series The Complete Year in Reading and Writing. She is also the author of What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read With Your Child – and All the Best Times to Read Them. Pam is widely known as a motivational speaker on the subject of raising lifelong readers and writers. It is her personal quest to bring literacy to every child stems from a deeper desire to bring dignity to every child, and to empower children to read and write powerfully, effectively and with passion and delight. Her hope is that all children will grow up able to fulfill their dreams and leave their positive imprint on the world. Pam has started a not-for-profit, LitWorld International, Inc., to further this vision.
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