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Children's Fiction Farm Animals

Emma's Cold day

by (author) Margriet Ruurs

illustrated by Barbara Spurll

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Sep 2001
Farm Animals
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2001
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2003
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Canadian Children's Book Centre Starred Our Choice Selection, 2002Mr. Christie Book Award - Silver Seal, 2001

Emma, the plucky but foolish cluck, is back and about to demonstrate one more time that being a chicken is not all it's cracked up to be. In her latest escapade, Emma is one game hen with a big problem. It's the middle of winter and the
chicken coop is freezing. Determined to find out how the other farm animals weather the
weather, Emma sets off on a snowy trek that almost ends in flaky, feathery disaster. Along
the way she provides plenty of laughs and, once more, unwittingly saves the day.

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

"The author tells Emma's barnyard adventure both with humor and with empathy. Text is quite simple, perfect for read-alouds and for young readers, yet challenging enough to make the story interesting and move along at a good pace. What adds zest to the story is the work of the illustrator. . . Readers will enjoy Spurll's humorous touches... "
CM Magazine

"This entertaining story, along with excellent and humorous illustrations by Barbara Spurll, is sure to keep readers turning the pages with laughter."
Lorgnette, Heart of Texas Literature Center

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