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Emma Dilemma by Kristine O'Connell George
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Jessica, a fourth-grader, describes her relationship with her little sister Emma in a series of heart-warming poems. Emma gets into Jessica’s stuff, begs Jessica to read her stories, celebrates her fourth birthday and tries to tag along with Jessica and her best friend, with scary results. These poems don’t employ figurative language—they don’t even rhyme. Yet there is a sense of rhythm to each line and set of lines. The daily interactions between the sisters are rendered quickly and succinctly in each little bite of text. The accompanying illustrations stem from pen and ink drawings, with some digital assistance. Thin black ink lines trace the pastel blues, greens, pinks, purples, beiges and yellows creating a euphoric yet true and feminine sense of each situation. Author George really captures the love between sisters and families with carefully crafted lines and Carpenter’s illustrations bring that love to life. A good introduction to more advanced poetry, this picture book is highly recommended for public libraries and elementary school libraries.

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