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Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart

Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart:
4 Paperbacks/1 CD

Author & Illustrator: Vera B. Williams   Narrators: Barbara Rosenblat, Carine Montbertrand, Daisy Eagan
ISBN: 9781591125549
Length:  28 Min 03 Sec
Release Date: 6/30/2003
Reading Level: 4.2
Grades: K – 4

"...The story follows two young sisters, and is told in unrhymed poetry and song. ...Listeners will cherish this sweet treasure." - School Library Journal


Review by: School Library Journal - December 15, 2003
"Vera B. Williams' award-winning book is performed by three women who bring its lyrical words to life. The story follows two young sisters, and is told in unrhymed poetry and song. Each poem reveals a nugget about the girls and their situation. They are each other's comfort as Daddy is in jail and their mother struggles to keep the family afloat. There are gently humorous moments, as well as heartwrenchingly poignant ones. The narrators capture it all, providing voices for each character. They treat each of William's carefully chosen words with the respect it deserves, adding vocal punctuation that is missing in the text, and possibly making this book more accessible to a younger audience. Listeners have time to appreciate the illustrations which, like the text, capture much in only a few lines. Listerners will cherish the sweet treasure."

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