Dr. Martha M. Harrison has a stellar reputation as an instructor of children’s and young adult literature, teaching children in Grades K-8, adults in undergraduate schools, and graduate students who are teachers in K-12 classrooms. She has published in academic journals that focus on reading and literature for children and young adults and has conducted numerous presentations on the works of Maurice Sendak and Theodore S. Geisel, ”Dr. Seuss.” She is now applying her talents and experiences from her academic career to the creation of her own books. Lady Emma In Her Land Of Wonder is her first children’s book. She lives south of San Francisco in Burlingame, California with ”The Mad Hatter” and with ”The Cheshire Cat” just down the road. She is a Professor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California.Lady Emma: In her Land of Wonder
Author: Martha M. Harrison
Children and adults often lose their way and need direction from others to help them find the right path to wherever and whatever they are hoping to find. Lady Emma had many problems and sometimes she needed help when she would as the author says about her: fell under like a bridge she should never have crossed or a spell cast upon her by a mean witch. But, Emma learned that when trouble came “knocking, Emma knew what to do! The same thing , you’d do if it happened to you!” So, let’s find out her secret and everyone listen very carefully because rather than get lost and lose your way learn when Emma does each and every day!
What would you do if you feel into a lake or bond and got wet? What would you do if a witch cast a spell on you? What would you do to show everyone you are fearless? Well, Lady Emma shakes off the water and gets dry, leaves the witch and her spell and says: Bye! But, rather than feel afraid she never wants to feel small, so our Lady Emma learned she just might stumble and fall but that’s okay because she would get back on her feet and skip happily down the next street.
Just like Lady Emma no one expects you to do it all alone. Emma was lucky because he dad would come out and help her in every way and take away the darkness from each and every day. Children need to learn confidence, kindness, understanding and feel secure and Lady Emma got that from her father for sure. How lucky she was to have someone keep the trolls and dragons away but remember: when trouble came knocking, Emma knew what to do! The same thing you’d do if it happened to you!
Just looking at the great illustrations helps tell the story, helps you learn how Emma’s courage grew over time and how she learned to build up her own strengths and rid herself of the weaknesses. No matter how old we are we make mistakes, blunder but if you are like Emma well find out for yourself what she learned. We all have adventures that take us to many places and we love to use our imaginations to help us when we feel down or just need a boost to help us realize that nothing is too hard and we can learn to overcome obstacles and do what we would normally call THE IMPOSSIBLE!. So, when Emma had some mishaps even as grownup wait and see what she does. Remember: When trouble came knocking…. You know the rest. But, most of all find out what wonderful things happened to her when she grew up and what she told her father and her prince! Did Emma need other people to always find her way? Did she learn how to find the path herself? The best gift anyone can get is support and being with people who believe in us but wait and see just what that love and respect for Emma taught her and where she is now! So, visit the Land of Wonder, enter her world and don’t worry about the mishaps, missteps and your falls asunder: you too can get right up and find your own way if you believe in yourself!
This is a great story to teach small children how to overcome their fears about just about anything: swimming, bike riding, climbing a tree or even the first day of school. It is great to teach adults that we all need someone to pick us up when we too fall asunder. Love, understanding, guidance, hope, independence, self-esteem, self-reliance and most of all to find our own path and build our own dreams. Lady Emma is truly inspirational and let’s hope that author and illustrator: Martha M. Harrison brings her back for more adventures.
Fran Lewis: reviewer