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Emma's Rug

Emma's Rug

1996 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
By: Allen Say
ISBN: 0-395-74294-3
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Review:
Allen Say paints a portrait of a very young artist, Emma, who envisions what she paints in the plain white rug in her room. The rug becomes her threshold to creativity; it confers on her a talent that sets her apart from other kindergartners. One day, her mother launders the rug, not knowing what this will do to Emma's source of inspiration. Say's impeccably rendered watercolors grant reality to Emma's subjective experience and an astonishing force and sympathy to her artistic struggle. A haunting book about the confusing, sometimes disturbing depths of a talented child's visions, visions that a gifted artist honors here with astonishing force and sympathy.
John Cech   ©1996 Parents' Choice
John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is the author of a number of children's books and, most recently, of Angels and Wild Things, a scholarly study of the works of Maurice Sendak. (1996 bio)

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