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The Hard-Times Jar Hardcover – August 12, 2003
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Susan Pine, New York Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Emma who enjoys picking apples with her family is suddenly told by her mother that she will soon attend school. Emma becomes nervous after learning about her mother's decision. Once in school Emma notices that she is the only chocolate brown student in Miss Miller's class. This surprised her because back home in Florida there was still segregation. All her worries suddenly vanish when she is introduced to her school library. Enthusiastic to have books available, Emma disobeys the class rules and takes books home for the weekend. After her mother finds out about the books, she talks to Emma about being dishonest and advises her to tell her teacher. Emma then finds courage and explains what happens to Miss. Miller.
This book conveys a message of honesty and perseverance, and reminds me of "A chair for my mother," by Vera Williams, where her characters support each other to reach a goal as they do in Emma's family. After reading this wonderful book that contains rich descriptive language with wonderful illustrations, I was able to transport myself into the Pennsylvania setting. The way Ethel Smothers pictures the crops allows the text to run smoothly.Read more ›
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Great Book - loved reading it. Children's books are good for adults too! Great SellerPublished 18 months ago by Erin O'Neill