'E' IS FOR ELISA by Johanna Hurwitz


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Age Range: 4 - 10
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 These six easily read chapters about the four-year-old sister of Russell, one of Hurwitz's favorite characters, are appropriate for precocious readers and listeners as well as for Russell's third-grade contemporaries. Each chapter stands alone, though they are linked by several themes. Elisa, given to easy tears, is dubbed ``Crybaby'' by her unsympathetic brother when she blinks at a photographer's flash, but after she imitates him by jumping from the bureau and breaks her arm, he vows to reform. Meanwhile, there have been incidents with the tooth fairy; with a blizzard when Aldo, Nora, and other familiar neighborhood kids join in the fun of an unexpected holiday; and with a February bathing suit that Elisa can't resist wearing to nursery school- -plus some nice sibling interaction as Russell introduces Elisa to reading. Hurwitz has a rare understanding of four-year-old concerns, disarmingly presented to appeal to both preschoolers and the siblings who feel superior to them. Fans are sure to enjoy this latest entry in a popular series. (Fiction. 4-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1991
ISBN: 0-688-10439-8
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1991


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