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Emma's Rug

by Allen Say

Paperback, 32 pages

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers (2003-05-12)

List Price: $7.99

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Amazon Description

Emma is a gifted young artist whose most prized possession is a small, shaggy rug. When her mother accidentally puts the rug in the washing machine and destroys it, Emma is devastated and ceases her art.

One Potato Review

The mysterious Allen Say, just this side of weirdness here. The rug is either metaphor or magic; as usual the author isn’t saying. Still, this is a story about where we get our inspiration - artistic or otherwise - so the mystery feels about right. Younger readers may recognize themselves in the six-year-old Emma, and older readers may feel more at home with the starkness of Say’s illustrations, but here is a subject to puzzle every age. 

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