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Reviews of Children's Literature

Emily’s Blue Period

Written By: Cathleen Daly
Illustrated By: Lisa Brown

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Emily’s Blue Period

Summary: After her parents get divorced, Emily finds comfort in making and learning about art.

Rating: 3 ***

It’s a story about Picasso and divorce, but most importantly love.

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When Otis Courted Mama

Written By: Kathi Appelt
Illustrated By: Jill McElmurry

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When Otis Courted Mama

Summary:
While his life seems perfectly good as it is, Cardell, a young coyote, learns to tolerate–and even like–the coyote that is courting his mother.

Rating: 3 ***

Appelt covers the tough topic of divorce and new people dating the parents, and there is an endearing story in the text. However, there’s also a ton of southwestern references the reader has to muddle through. The coyote theme doesn’t keep the story light as much as obscure the endearing elements.

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