cover image It's Just Me, Emily

It's Just Me, Emily

Anna Grossnickle Hines. Clarion Books, $12.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-89919-487-5

""What is that under Mother's covers down by her feet wiggling and twitching and tickling her toes?'' Mother wonders whether it might be a cat, or a weasel or a mole, but, as it turns out, ``It's just me . . . Emily.'' Emily is a little girl who likes to surprise her mother with her funny noises. But after a busy morning of fun, Mother notices that it's strangely quiet. . . . Emily has gone to sleep. As she did in Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti and other books, Hines manages here to convey the homely coziness of everyday family life, even a small family, like Emily and her mother, and the special closeness between the two of them is most apparent. Because Emily looks younger than three and the eloquent text is quite simple, this book is probably more suitable to children on the lower end of the age range. Ages 3-6. (September)