A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Introduction to Picasso, cubism, and collage and demonstration of using art to express ideas and emotions.
A loving message about home and family in times of change. Sadness, anger, and uncertainty are normal feelings that ease in their own time. It's important to respect and accept other people's feelings and not try to push uncomfortable feelings away. Through sadness, we can realize important truths about happiness and love. Creative projects can be very helpful in sorting out messy emotions.
Positive Role Models
Emily loves both her parents, who want her to feel at home and loved. Her mother is patient and understanding (her father seems less emotionally engaged). Emily is observant and empathetic, particularly in a scene with her brother near the end of the story. She's open about how she feels and how it's affecting her daily life. Her attentive, patient mother provides loving concern and support. Emily's father is also patient when his son acts out in a store, giving him time and space to calm down, but ultimately carries his son out in frustration.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Emily's Blue Period, by Cathleen Daly and illustrated by Lisa Brown (Mummy Cat), is about a child who is saddened by her parents' separation and uses art to sort out her complicated emotions. It's a frank portrayal of family breakups: Each member of the family is having a difficult time adjusting. The underlying sadness is lightened with a touch of humor and made less oppressive by Emily's thoughtful perspective. Ultimately, it's a hopeful and helpful book that could help any child working through unhappy circumstances.
Is It Any Good?
This thoughtful book doesn't sugarcoat things: Life can be sad and messy, and there's no easy fix. But blue periods don't last forever, and they can help you find your way back to sunshine. For families going through separation, divorce, or other difficult transitions, EMILY'S BLUE PERIOD is an especially compassionate and helpful book.
Muted pencil-and-watercolor illustrations by Lisa Brown capture the meditative mood. Cathleen Daly's forthright text is worked in and around the artwork, with simply drawn circles transforming dialogue into speech bubbles. The story is divided into five themed, fast-moving chapters, making it an ideal crossover book for kids moving from picture books to chapter books. It's a wonderful book to read together -- be sure to have some art supplies ready at hand to make your own collage afterward.
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