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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Making Emmie Smile by Ellen Weisberg and Ken Yoffe is a cute little story about Emmie who wouldn't smile as a child. Aunt Janie tried gathering some beautiful flowers, but that did not make Emmie smile. Great-Grandma Mae also tried her bit by giving Emmie delicious food. Emmie still did not smile. As Emmie grew up, she still wouldn't smile. Then Nana Sheila came up with an idea. Why not tickle Emmie? That worked and Emmie started smiling. And that smile lasted and lasted. The book conveys a beautiful message how simple things in life can bring a smile to a person's face instead of material things.
A smile is a very important thing in anyone's life and this story shows how sometimes we overlook simple things which we can afford to give people. The concept is excellent and it's a good story for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. It's also a good bedtime storybook and parents and grandparents can read it out to their kids and grandkids. The illustrations are simple and lively, and they convey the author's concept and message with clarity.
Stories with good concepts, simple messages, information, and educational value are perfect for children as it makes them understand these easily when narrated through stories and illustrations. In this book, a small thing like tickling made Emmie smile when everyone around her was trying to buy her things to make her happy. We always tend to overlook small things and this book is a reminder of that.