Academic journal article Language Arts

Emily's Blue Period

Academic journal article Language Arts

Emily's Blue Period

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Emily's Blue Period Written by Cathleen Daly Illustrated by Lisa Brown Roaring Brook, 2014, 56 pp., ISBN 978-1-59643-469-1

Emily Rose Pincher loves art and is enthralled when introduced at school to the artistic styles of Pablo Picasso. Picasso's cubist works resonate with Emily, whose dad is "no longer where he belongs" (p. 13). He has moved into an apartment several blocks away. Emily responds to her parents' separation by entering her own blue period, expressing her sadness by refusing to participate fully in her art classes. While her emotional turmoil is expressed internally, Emily's little brother Jack acts out, throwing a temper tantrum as they shop for Dad's new home furnishings. After some time has passed, Emily responds to a new technique her art teacher has learned, and it offers her a medium to pull together all that's important to her. She creates a "big and soggy and beautiful" (p. …

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