Reviews for Emma's Easter


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Emma's story reflects her family's African American and Russian American heritage (no mention that Russian Orthodox Easter usually falls on a different date than other Christian sects). Rashad and his Muslim family observe Ramadan. Sarah prepares for her role in asking the "Four Questions." Bright, cheerful illustrations will draw readers to these simple introductions; text boxes provide more details than the young narrators do. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Cloverleaf Books: Holidays and Special Days titles: Emma's Easter, Rashad's Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, and Sarah's Passover.]

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 October
In this well-presented series, young children are introduced to important holidays that their friends celebrate. Each book tells a story about a child celebrating the holiday with explanations within the story or in text boxes. Different facets of the holidays are shown: religious, cultural, traditional activities, etc. The cartoon-type illustrations add to the topics and portray multiethnic groups. An activity is included in each book. Lerner e-source is available for this series; it consists of a suggested lesson plan and two worksheets. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Index. Jolene C. DeFranco, Librarian, Harmony School of Arts and Technology, Houston, Texas [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format and paperback.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 May

K-Gr 2--Brandon and his older brother, Riley, are preparing a party for their mother while she is out shopping. They bake a cake, make a birthday card, and construct a piƱata. When she returns, the children are thrilled at her surprised expression, not realizing that she may be astonished at the mess they created. The whimsical illustrations have a lot going on, and young children will enjoy inspecting them in detail. Insets explain the history and traditions associated with birthday celebrations, including some traditions from other countries. In the next book, Chelsea and her parents are preparing for Chinese New Year. On the evening before the big day, they gather with extended family for a feast with all of the traditional foods. The cartoon illustrations are colorful and appealing. Insets explain the history and traditions associated with Chinese New Year, both in China and in the United States. A chart of the Chinese zodiac is included. In the third book, Emma and her family are preparing for Easter. They decorate eggs, go to church, eat jelly beans, have dinner with Emma's grandparents, and hunt for eggs. The illustrations, which feature a biracial family, are colorful and expressive. Instructions for making paper Easter flowers are included. Divided into short chapters, these volumes are primarily informational books with stories as backdrops.--Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL

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