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Emma's lamb
Lewis, Kim.
Personal Author:
Second U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1998.

Physical Description:
26 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm
Emma looks after a lost lamb, plays games with him, and helps him find his mother.
Reading Level:
430 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 21381.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.2 1 Quiz: 17120.
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This charming story is sure to appeal to any child who has ever loved or cared for an animal.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Warmly detailed farm scenes illustrate a gentle story about letting go. When Emma's father brings home a lost lamb, Emma wants to keep him for herself. She warms and feeds the lamb, then tries to play with him. But during hide-and-seek, the lamb wanders off, and Emma realizes that he needs his mother most of all. Lewis' softly realistic pictures stretch across two pages and are full of chickens, cats, barns, and other engaging elements of farm life. The scenes have a sunny prettiness without being unduly sweet, working well with the simple text. A visually pleasing layout, an appealing subject, and many fascinating things to look at will make this an attractive choice for the very young. ~--Leone McDermott

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- Emma's father brings home a lamb to keep it warm in the farm kitchen while he goes to look for its mother. Young Emma feeds and plays with it and nearly loses it when she plays hide-and-seek with it in the barn. While the simple text clearly relates the game, the animal's disappearance, and the satisfying conclusion, it is the pictures that eloquently tell this story. Double-page spreads in delicate colors capture the realistic details of the old kitchen, stone buildings, and fences of an English farm. A plump gray tabby and her kittens appear in each picture, echoing the coloring of the lamb as well as the actions of the little girl. These scenes can be contrasted with Donald Carrick's small pictures in night hues for Carol Carrick's In the Moonlight, Waiting (Clarion, 1990), also about sheep. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.