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Emma's Lamb


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Kim Lewis grew up in a sleepy suburb of the city of Montreal, in Canada. As a child, she always wished she'd been brought up on a farm. As a student Kim Lewis moved to England, where she immediately felt completely at home. After Kim met her late husband, Flea, at art school, they moved to Northumberland, to live and work on a hill farm. Something about the landscape reminded her of home, and her books reflect this beautiful landscape and the joys of country life.


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

This heart-warming story...is perfect for introducing young children to life in the country. * Nursery Education *
The pictures and simple words radiate warmth and the simple soon-lost pleasures of childhood...More, please, for the parents as much as for the children. * The Northumbrian Magazine *

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