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Left, Right, Emma!    by Stuart Murphy order for
Left, Right, Emma!
by Stuart Murphy
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Part of the I See I Learn series, this inexpensive picture book focuses on telling one's left from one's right. Emma's class is forming a marching band for Grandparents' Day and Miss Cathy invites Emma to be the group's leader.

Unfortunately, poor Emma is not sure she can handle the job since she's a little unsure of which is her right and left foot. To march properly, all the students will have to move together ... left, right, left, right. As the leader, Emma will have to set an example for her classmates.

Miss Cathy, realizing Emma is a little confused, comes up with a brilliant plan. She ties a piece of red string on Emma's right wrist. 'This will help you remember,' she says. Perfect! The rest of the practice goes well and when she gets home, Emma keeps marching, left, right, left, right!

On the day of the big event Emma doesn't need the string any more. She's mastered left, right and does an excellent job leading her fellow students.

At the end of the book there is a Closer Look section that provides a few exercises so that your toddler can practice his or her left and right awareness. After a few sessions reading this cognitive skills book, knowing one's left from one's right shouldn’t be an issue with your child.

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