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Emma Kate

by Patricia Polacco

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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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Emma has an imaginary friend, an elephant. This story takes on a twist in that it turns out that the elephant is not the imaginary friend after all. Great for synthesizing.
age 5-7
  Lilith13 | Jun 9, 2018 |
This book is about a little girl who has an imaginary friend elephant and is worried about what other children will think of her but then there's a plot twist, the elephant is real and the little girl is the imaginary friend. This is a great book for synthesizing because the plot is twist is so unexpected. I would use this book for kindergarten.
  JenelleFyfe | Jun 8, 2018 |
Emma Kate has a best imaginary friend. Never mind that her friend is an elephant. Kids will wonder is the elephant real or imaginary. And, in the end, kids will learn that indeed the elephant is real. But there’s a twist. The elephant isn’t the imaginary friend. Emma Kate is! Such a great book for synthesizing!
  brittneye | Aug 19, 2017 |
Emma Kate, by Patricia Polacco, is a cleverly creative picture book with precious illustrations and a little twist in the ending. While Emma Kate appears to be a large gray elephant that does just about everything with a little girl whose name is never mentioned. “When we get home from school, we ride our bikes together.” The book wraps up a recipe for creating one’s own best friend through adorably detailed illustrations of the elephant and little pigtailed girl. In the end, the girl says she is not sure why her parents do not believe Emma Kate is real and goes back to sleep, only to dream of Emma Kate. The main theme of this book is about the power of one’s dreams and the fun in exploring one’s own imagination. Emma Kate is real to the little girl because she wants to believe she has a friend that will do everything with her. Another thing I loved about this book is how I noticed that one of the books the girl and elephant read is actually one of Dr. Suess’ own books, Horton Hears a Who. This makes a connection between the animal character and another author, which is very unique! ( )
  EllieCoe | Nov 2, 2015 |
While I was reading the book I had mixed feelings about it. When I reached the end of the story and realized that there was a twist, I was surprised. Overall, I liked the book. The language was descriptive as the author described Emma Kate her friend doing things together every day. The plot flowed as they went to school, did homework, and played together. The characters were believable (or so I thought). The illustrations were different as everything was drawn in black and white except the girl. Throughout the story, the reader imagines the girl, Emma Kate, doing all of these things with her elephant friend from her imagination. At the end of the story there is a twist and the reader realizes that Emma Kate is the elephant and the main character and the girl is the imaginary friend. This made me want to re-read the story so I did. I re-read the story as the elephant as the main character and it was almost like reading a different story. I liked the surprise ending of this story- I would recommend. ( )
  abless3 | Sep 14, 2015 |
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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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