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Emma Kate by Patricia Polacco

Emma Kate

by Patricia Polacco

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The charcoal drawings of grey which contrasting red are a delight for the eye.

Emma Kate has an imaginary friend who does everything with her. Together they go to school, ride bikes, eat ice cream and have their tonsils removed.

There is a twist at the end when the reader realizes that the friend is not imagined by the little girl, but rather by the elephant. ( )
  Whisper1 | Mar 2, 2014 |
"Emma Kate" is a story about a little girl who brings her imaginary friend,Emma Kate, everywhere with her. They do everything together from going to school to removing their tonsils. It embodies the idea and every quality that we think of an imaginary friend to be. It is very cute for very young children. It is very simple picture book with nice illustrations. I would recommend for pre-k -1. ( )
  Imandayeh | Jan 18, 2014 |
A charming exploration of the theme of imaginary friends, one with a surprise ending, Patricia Polacco's Emma Kate is the story of a girl and an elephant, and their unbreakable bond. Whether going to school or riding a bike, Emma Kate and her pachyderm pal do everything together, even getting tonsilitis at the same time. But when bedtime comes, and Momma and Daddy come in to say goodnight, which of the two friends is the imaginary one...?

I enjoyed this picture-book quite a bit, and was particularly taken with the little tribute, midway through, to Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! - apparently ones of Polacco's favorite books as a girl. The illustrations are a little less colorful than those found in some of the artist's other books - Emma Kate herself sports a brightly colored red dress, but the elephant, and the surroundings, are mostly depicted in unadorned gray pencil - but also very expressive. I thought the elephant's dubious facial expression, in the scene where she and Emma Kate were riding the bike, was just adorable! All in all, this was a pleasure to read, and is one I would recommend to young children who have, or have had, an imaginary friend, to elephant lovers, and to fans of Patricia Polacco's work. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 15, 2013 |
Emma Kate and her best friend do everything together, even though one of them is an elephant and the other a human girl. They walk to school, go to soccer, have sleepovers, do homework, and read together. They even have their tonsils out together! Emma Kate and her best friend are so inseparable readers will find the twist at the end surprising and amusing. Spoiler alert: Emma Kate is the little girl, not the elephant!

Polacco’s pencil and watercolor illustrations render an incredibly detailed world in smudgy soft-focus. Color is used sparingly and usually it’s only Emma Kate’s bright red and green dress that colors the page. The text, written in first person present tense, is deceptively simple. The text and illustrations are so cleverly laid out that readers won’t guess the twist until the very last page.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/08/book-227-emma-kate-by-patricia-polac...
  amy-picturebookaday | Aug 15, 2012 |
A fantastic book about a great imaginary friend. Emma kate is an imaginary elephant friend that does eveything. Great illustrations and imagination.
  wroesch | Mar 18, 2012 |
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PreS-K-Emma Kate and her elephant best friend sit next to one another in school, share lunches, play at recess, finish their homework, and go to soccer practice. They even have their tonsils out at the same time, sharing a hospital bed and gallons of pink ice cream. The girl's bright red dress stands out against the white background and soft charcoal-gray pencil drawings of the large friendly elephant. Subtle hints in the illustrations of the dress, a license plate that reads "BIGMOME," and a hospital chart lead readers to the surprise ending: Momma and Daddy elephant comment on their child's active imagination as they are told all about her day with Emma Kate. The only possible drawback to this otherwise amiable story of imaginary friendship is the fact that the classmates are human, making readers think twice about the conclusion.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Polacco provides an interesting twist on the imaginary friend theme in this cheerful story inspired by her own childhood. The plot describes the close friendship between a little girl in a red-flowered dress and a huge, friendly elephant who does everything little girls do. The first-person narrator describes Emma Kate as her best friend, and the reader naturally assumes all along that Emma Kate is the elephant character and that she must be a figment of the girl's imagination. But the final spread shows a pair of elephant parents tucking their elephant child into a bed covered with a quilt in the same red print. The reader realizes in this surprising denouement that the elephant child has been narrating all along, and Emma Kate, the imaginary friend, is really the little girl. Polacco uses a limited palette of gray and red to fine effect for her illustrations, and her elephant is almost as appealing as Dr. Seuss's Horton, to whom the story is dedicated. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Polacco (An Orange for Frankie) takes a familiar premise and turns it into food for thought. The brief and knowing text, narrated by an unnamed pigtailed girl, catalogs the many ways the title character makes the perfect best friend ("We sit together in the caf -gym-a-torium at lunch. When we get home from school, we ride our bikes together"). That Emma Kate is also a large gray elephant (her hilariously humongous derri re spills off one spread) seems to make their bond more meaningful. Emma Kate is a modest masterpiece, with tiny expressive eyes shining through masses of exuberantly cross-hatched flesh. A generous sense of humor, keen observation and a seemingly effortless, expert draftsmanship unite in the way the animal comports itself. Polacco splits the difference between fantasy and reality by demonstrating how the pretend pachyderm's girth wreaks genuine havoc. In one scene, as the girl and Emma Kate read on the sofa (sharp-eyed readers will note that the literary selection is one of Dr. Seuss's Horton books) the section underneath the elephant has flattened like a pancake. Grown-ups may detect a more elegiac undercurrent at work here. While most of the pictures are handsomely rendered in gray pencil, the narrator's old-fashioned dress, anklet socks and Mary Janes appear in radiant red and aqua; it's as if Polacco sees her narrator as a magical emissary from a more innocent yet fearlessly imaginative time. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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That adorable Emma Kate has an imaginary friend. They walk to school together every morning and sit together in class. They sleep over at each other’s houses and do their homework side by side. They even have their tonsils out and eat gallons of pink ice cream together. But a hilarious twist will have readers realizing there’s more to this imaginary friend than meets the eye!

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Emma Kate and her best friend, a toy elephant, share many activities, such as homework and soccer practice, and even have their tonsils out at the same time!

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