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Book Review of Emma's Vacation

Emma's Vacation
Emma's Vacation
Author: David McPhail
Genre: Children's Books
Book Type: Paperback
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2 As with other stories about Emma, the little bear ( Fix-It 1984 and Emma's Pet 1985, both Dutton), McPhail provides a simple, enjoyable solution to a hectic or otherwise troublesome situation. This time, Emma is on vacation with her parents. But while her parents need to fill their days sightseeing rather than interacting with each other, Emma would rather spend her vacation going on a picnic, taking walks, singing songs, and telling stories. In the end, Emma wins out, and her parents learn what relaxing and a family vacation are all about. The soft watercolor illustrations give a peaceful feeling to this short, humorous story. This story would be a welcome addition to preschool storyhours, and the text is easy and short enough for beginning readers. McPhail's warm illustrations and clever story will hold the attention of youngsters who know what it is like to have to always do what adults want to do. Carol McMichael, Greenfield Public Library, Ind.