Friday, June 17, 2011

Poetry Friday - Emma Dilemma

I got Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O'Connell George way back in April, and am only now getting around to reading and reviewing it. Seems to be the story of my life lately. But what a great book to read during the summer #bookaday challenge!!

This book contains a delightful collection of poems that very aptly share the ups and downs of being a big sister. In one poem, Jessica (the big sister) is mortified that her little sister (Emma) wore her pretend clothes to Jessica's soccer game and keeps cheering her name loudly so that all notice. A few poems later, Jessica notices how Emma's hand is

"just the right size
to fit
inside mine."

Whether it's Emma encroaching on Jessica's room, or Jessica's markers, or time with Jessica's friends, she always manages to make herself noticed.

But, the true love between sisters shines through when Jessica allows Emma to hop into bed when she's scared, or when Jessica teaches Emma the best way to blow paper off of straws, or when Jessica goes on a field trip and spends her 3 dollars on a gift for Emma.

Emma Dilemma is a collection of poems that tell a tender story about the relationship between a big sister and a little sister. Kristine O'Connell George chose the perfect words in each poem to share the feelings and emotions of sisterhood. And the illustrations by Nancy Carpenter mesh wonderfully with the words. I was touched by this book of poems and can't wait to share it with my students in the fall!

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  1. This sounds like a fun book. I might have to check it out as my two girls will be home for a few days together next week. I'd love to see their responses to it.

  2. Oh, another book to add to my wish list. This looks like one that would be perfect for my poetry baskets. Thanks! Julie

  3. I pick this one up too! Looks like a great addition to the poetry basket, the kids will quickly devour! Thanks for sharing your thinking on this great book!