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Thursday 16 March 2023

Review: Emma's Freckles

Emma's Freckles shares a Gaelic myth I'd never heard of.

When we hear mythology stories, or talk of them, the ones mentioned most often are Greek and Roman. So it was great to read this book, a tale that weaves the modern world with mythology to create a rather ethereal story.

Emma’s grandma tells her about the land of her ancestors. Of its beauty and mist-filled nights. And of the stars and their importance. Although hidden by the mist, they’re not forgotten because the people of the land wear a reminder of the stars in the freckles on their faces.

Emma is excited by the idea her own freckles are also part of a starry constellation.

There's a definite magical quality to Emma's Freckles, which is Sarah Wallace’s first picture book, and is illustrated by LesleyMcGee.  

The illuminated night sky is just right with its colours and sparkling stars, and the lush green landscapes are vibrant with flora and fauna, and a crystal-like blue ocean. It’s a story that can speak to readers young and old with a message about being yourself. It also helps keeps a Gaelic myth alive and might act as a prompt for discussing stars with children, learning more about them and how they are used.

Emma’s Freckles is a delightful debut.

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Title: Emma's Freckles
Author: Sarah Wallace
Illustrator: Lesley McGee
Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books, $24.99
Publication Date: March 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780648964162
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book