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Emma Dilemma

Posted on: October 10, 2011

Emma Dilemma by Kristine O’Connell George.  Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.  Clarion.  Grades K-5.  Poetry.

Big sister, Jessica, tells about her little sister, Emma in a series of humorous and sometimes poignant poems.  O’Connell George is a gifted poet and she accurately captures of the conflicting emotions of having a little sister who is sometimes a monster and sometimes a darling.

 Emma Dilemma

 Sometimes Dad

calls my sister

Emma Dilemma

 Dad says

a dilemma is

an interesting problem.

 I know Dad’s joking,

but sometimes

Emma is my dilemma.

Carpenter’s pen and ink and digital media illustrations heighten the enjoyment of this wonderful tribute to the bonds of sisterly love.

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