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Emily's Blue Period

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sensitive story of using art to process difficult emotions.

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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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