Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree

by Lauren Tarshis
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Category: Humor

Personal Evaluation: I imagine Emma-Jean as Amelia Bedelia’s slightly more socially adept little sister. This book made me giggle as I again became a middle schooler along with Emma-Jean.

What might interest children: Social problem-solving with Emma-Jean is an entertaining adventure. I don’t know how many kids will identify with her specifically, as opposed to identifying with her friends who have a socially inept friend or classmate, but either way most kids will identify either with a minor character or with Emma-Jean’s struggles and see how she handles them. They may even be able to identify Emma-Jean in a classmate and help them understand someone who thinks differently.