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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
It’s very hard when someone you love is sick and needs to be treated at the hospital. When Emily’s mom tells her that she is very sick and needs to visit lots of doctors and perhaps even be treated for her illness at the hospital, Emily is scared. She turns to her best friend, Lucy the family dog, and together they come up with a plan to help keep the family's spirits up. Emily and Lucy take Mom on walks (when she’s up to it), visit the Everglades Wonder Gardens, go out for an ice cream treat, and so much more. Emily even goes with her mom on the first day of treatment and keeps her company the entire time. It’s hard work trying to stay positive and happy when everything around is so scary. Even Emily realizes she has to cry some of the time, which she does when she’s alone with Lucy. Who’s the hero in this story?
Phyllis Ershowsky’s picture book story, Emily and Lucy to the Rescue, is a true story based on the author’s battle with a frightening, life-threatening disease and how her family rallied around to keep her spirits up. The author leads the young reader through Emily’s struggles with fear and sadness and demonstrates how she becomes the strong female figure, the one who helps the most with her cheery disposition. The story is told with compassion and care and will certainly help young readers confront their own fears in similar situations. The story is beautifully told with colorful (and yes, cheerful) illustrations to help carry the story along. It’s certainly a heartwarming, somewhat tear-jerking story that many will relate to since, sadly, most families have to undergo similar situations at one time or another. Powerful. Tender. Compassionate. Keep the tissues handy.