Books for Kids to Read – Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O’Connell George – BigKidSmallCity Book Reviews


This is Felicia, the newest member of BigKidSmallCity! My family loves to explore Houston and we love to read. You can be sure that my girls, Senia (5) and Aylen (7) have a book packed away in their backpack where ever we go.

This review is of Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O’Connell George

A must read for sisters.

This book of poetry is about 2 sisters that have a Beezus and Ramona type relationship. The younger sister has sheer chaos in her eyes and nothing but adoration for her older sibling.

The older sister has patience and lots of love for her little sister, but at the same time is utterly embarrassed when her little sister gets up to wildly cheer for her at her soccer game.

The illustrations are spot on. I can definitely see my younger daughter as Emma, sobbing, wide mouth, and hunched over. We refer to that pose as “sad body” in our house. Illustrator, Nancy Carpenter, has managed to capture each character’s body language perfectly.

For the grand finish, Emma has a dilemma of her own when she gets hurt. How will her big sister feel? Despite the sisters’ differences, her love prevails and when you read this, I think even a few tears might be shed. They were in my house.

I recommend this book to sisters of any age.

You can find this sweet book about sister relationships here on Amazon.


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