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Children's Fiction Love & Romance

Emma at the Fair

by (author) Margriet Ruurs

illustrated by Barbara Spurll

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
Love & Romance
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Fall is in the air as Emma, the plucky hen, scratches happily around the farmyard. This is no ordinary day; the family is going to the fair and Emma is invited. Even sharing the ride with a grinning jack-o-lantern won't ruin her fun. But Emma soon realizes that she is supposed to win a ribbon. How is that to be done? She can't crow like the rooster that has a ribbon. She doesn't strut like the turkey that has a ribbon. She certainly can't act like the messy pigeon that has a ribbon.

Emmas is exasperated. Just what is she supposed to do? Emma does the only thing she can do. She ruffles up her feathers, sits herself down like a tea cosy, and takes a nap. You never know; maybe Emma can win a ribbon just by being herself.

About the authors

Margriet Ruurs is the award-winning author of forty books for children. Passionate about literacy, she writes children's and educational materials and conducts author visits and writing workshops at international schools around the world. Her picture book biography A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison won the Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Award and the Crystal Kite Award, and was nominated for several others. Born in the Netherlands, Margriet raised her family in the Yukon, Canada. Today, when she isn't travelling, she runs a booklover's bed and breakfast on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.


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Barbara Spurll is best known for her renderings of animals with attitude. Besides her award-winning work on the Emma series, Barbara's artwork enlivens many other books for children, including Mooki and the Too Proud Peacock, The Flying Tortoise, and Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper! Born in England, Barbara now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

"This sweet picture book can be enjoyed on several levels. Not only is it a grand seasonal title but it also emphasizes the need for everyone to be who they are and to be true to themselves no matter what. With amusing cartoon style artwork to accompany the story, this picture book is sure to be enjoyed by all."
-- Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

"Plucky, resourceful, and eager to please, Emma is sure to be a favourite with primary-grade children. Margaret Ruurs? wonderful way with words could be used to inspire students to incorporate descriptive language into their own writing.
Highly recommended"
Canadian Book review Annual

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