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Book Review: When Charley Met Emma

Today, I am reviewing a book titled ‘When Charley Met Emma’. Written by one mom and illustrated by another, this book is a great teaching tool for parents and caregivers everywhere to teach the value of differences.

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When Charley Met Emma

Title: When Charley Met Emma
Author: Amy Webb
Illustrator: Merrilee Liddiard
Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Beaming Books (March 12, 2019)
Category: Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Special Needs
Source: Edelweiss

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My Thoughts

Differences are what make each one of us what we are – unique. No matter why we are different from others, there is no one else like us. As children (and even adults), there are times when we find it difficult to deal with these differences we see in others.

When Charley meets Emma in this book, he learns that there all kinds of different and yet, there are things all of us share in common too. And he makes a new friend, one who is truly different from him, but to his delight, enjoys any of the things he loves doing.

This is a truly wonderful book. It is:

  • a book that teaches and encourages empathy, kindness, friendship, and all about differences.
  • one that says ‘different is just different, and different is GREAT!’ (and isn’t that GREAT!?)
  • a tool for parents, teachers, and caregivers to help them guide children to embrace and appreciate differences(all sorts of differences) in the right way
  • a book that uses a fluid combination of sweet watercolor illustrations and sweeter sentiments to convey its much needed message

In Summary

This is a great book to add to home and school libraries; to help understand that different is good; different is what makes each of us – ‘one’ among us.

Rating: 5/5
Reading Level: 3 – 8 years (read to younger kids)
Reread Level: 4/5

Disclaimer: Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for the DRC of this book. The review here is my honest opinion.

And so my bookish summer continues…..

This was for Day 22 of my bookish summer.. as I take a blogging journey along with fellow  UBCers and other blogger friends all around the world. Once again, thank you for your support always!

Here are my previous Bookish Summer posts:

It has been a while since I linked up to It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? over at TeachMentorTexts. Not because of a lack of reading or reviewing children’s books (you, dear reader, know that is not the case), but it just did not happen. I enjoy discovering the books that all the wonderful bloggers who link up to this Monday meme feature each week. Some of these bloggers and book discoveries are among my favorites now! I am linking today’s book there.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: When Charley Met Emma

  1. I think this a good book. Personally, I use books/ storytelling to teach my kids. It is more effective.

    I love that this books teaches a lot of beautiful traits. Would definitely love to have a copy.

  2. Thanks for reminding me of this title, Vidya. I had it on my list, but had forgotten it! I’ll have to see if we have a local copy, yet. #superlatecomment

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