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. Volume XVI Number 12. . . .November 20, 2009
Following fast on the heels of Emma’s Treasure, author/illustrator team Gerald Mercer and Jillian Nicol have created a second story of Emma and her friends. In this one, the children discover the old-fashioned game of conkers played with horse chestnuts, and their grandfathers rediscover the game of their boyhood. Children and grandfathers challenge one another, and soon Emma becomes the new champion on the shore.
The loving relationships between the generations and the strong sense of community are the major strengths of this book. This is seen in the initial intention of Emma and her grandparents to go berry-picking together, an activity which is quickly overtaken by the excitement of creating conkers and also by the subsequent match between the three children and their grandfathers. The story is much more successful than the first one which unfortunately was didactic in transmitting Newfoundland history to a younger audience. In this book, the children behave more realistically, and the dialogue is more natural.
Alison Mews is the librarian at the Curriculum Materials Centre in the Faculty of Education at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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