"The most treasured gift that we can give our children is often one that we can't see. But they can." "Making Emmie Smile" is a fast and easy-to-read picture book for toddlers that addresses how to fulfill a child's emotional needs. Reader's Favorite review of the book
A troubled boy helps an outcast creature in this picture book.
Justin wonders why his classmates and his brother bully him. In a dream, he finds himself on a beach, where he spots a “pitiful,” odd-looking creature crying. Then Justin steps on a magical snake, who claims that anyone who steps on him will get three wishes. The serpent also explains that the crying creature is a “Werloobee” named Irvino who’s been banished by others of his kind; Irvino wants to gain weight to “look...like the other dudes.” Justin uses his wishes to help him, and Irvino soon grows and becomes popular with other Werloobees. When Irvino steps on the snake, Justin asks him to use one wish to send him back home. Justin awakens on a bus, where he’s bullied by classmates—but they stop when a boy named Irving steps in. The topics that Weisberg and Yoffe (All Across Canada, 2008) address are commendable, and Justin is a sympathetic protagonist...
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If you were given three wishes, what would you wish for? That's the dilemma of Justin, a skinny preteen misfit and hero of "Fruit of the Vine" who finds himself the perpetual object of derision and bullying from his peers. Life seems pretty hopeless, but one night he finds himself dreaming a most peculiar dream. Now a stranger in a strange land, a snake-like creature - i.e. Werloobee - offers Justin three wishes. But Justin is more immediately concerned with the plight of a Werloobee who's been exiled for being different. Can Justin find a way to help this Werloobee with his newfound power, and will this also lead to Justin solving his bullying problem once he wakes back up?
This is a sweet story of the power of doing random good deeds. It addresses the topic of bullying, unfortunately a real issue in many children's lives, and advocates standing up for its targets.