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Has Anyone Seen My Emily Greene?

Has Anyone Seen My Emily Greene?

Fall 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 3 & Up
Author: Norma F. Mazer
Illustrator: Christine Davenier
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763613846
Hardcover Price: $15.99
From rose sprinkled wallpaper to yellow striped cat to apron-bedecked dad, this rhyming romp is as comforting as a warm lunch and as cozy as a cuddle. The title question becomes a refrain as Dad - accompanied by a feline fellow investigator - searches the house for the impish Emily who can be seen hiding in every picture. In the penultimate scene, Emily brings the game to a halt with a " the door... / a stamp...stamp...stamp...on the floor.../ and a huge...enormous...tremendous ROAR!" Shades of Noisy Nora! A shared lunch ("...oodles of noodles, brown-sugar ham / and fresh-baked bread with strawberry jam.") is followed by a mutual (cat-included) snooze. The text scans perfectly for reading aloud and the expressive line drawings - all wispy wiggles and pales washes of color - merge with the gentle humor to form a satisfying whole. Parents and children alike will recognize these well-honed roles in the endless game of hide-and-seek that growing up and growing together is all about.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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