Emma's Magic Winter (I Can Read Level 3)

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9780064437066: Emma's Magic Winter (I Can Read Level 3)

A new friend?

When Sally moves into the house next door, Emma's mom thinks it will be easy for the two girls to become friends. But Emma is so shy, she can barely even read out loud in school. Will Emma ever make friends with her new neighbor?

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Jean Little is the author of more than twenty-five books for children. In addition to Emma's Magic Winter, her first I Can Read Book, Ms. Little's works include the novels Lost and Found, Different Dragons, From Anna and Hey World, Here I Am, illustrated by Sue Truesdell. Jean Little has always been interested in adoption, and she had a first-hand experience with it when her sister adopted two children several years ago. The family has nine pets, the most recent addition being Henry Higgins, a talking African gray parrot. Although Jean Little was born with scarred corneas that severely impair her vision, she has always loved to read and to write. She writes with a voice-activated computer and travels widely with her Seeing Eye dog, Pippa. Ms. Little lives in Ontario, Canada.



Jennifer Plecas's illustrations appear in many popular books for children, including Wrapping Paper Romp, a Growing Tree book by Patricia Hubbell, and Rattlebone Rock by Sylvia Andrews, as well as the ALA Notable Book the Outside Dog, an I Can Read Book by Charlotte Pomerantz. Ms. Plecas lives in Blue Springs, Missouri.

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A Canadian writer of children's novels such as Look through My Window (1970), picture books such as Bats about Baseball (1995) and autobiographical titles such as Little by Little (1988), Little shows her sympathetic recall of childhood problems and feelings in this beginning reader. Emma may be too shy to speak up when she reads in class, but she finds that she has just enough gumption to befriend Sally, the new girl next door. The rewards of that friendship include a winter full of imaginative play centered around the girls' identical "magic" boots, the discovery that Emma's not too shy to read aloud to Sally's little brother, Josh, and Emma's final triumph as she conquers her fear and reads to the class. Best known for her illustrations of Pomerantz's The Outside Dog (1993), Plecas' expressive watercolor-washed ink drawings capture the nuances of the characters' feelings with simplicity and sensitivity. An appealing choice for beginning readers. Carolyn Phelan

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