Reviewed by Mary
Excerpt from the book:
In the early dawn, while a dense fog covers the
light that should have brightened the new day, I,
Emerine, sit at the edge of a quiet pond. Engulfed in
the wet blanket of air that threatens to suffocate me,
my mind focuses on how everything has changed from just
a few days ago.
It’s been two weeks since we left our home
nestled at the edge of the forest. Only three days have
passed since the tragic death of my father. That was
just the beginning of my nightmare…because no
matter how hard I think about it, there isn’t a
reason the shadows should chase me…except that
it’s all a really bad dream. One from which
I’ll wake up at any moment.
This is a fantasy for children in the 4th-8th grade.
My 9 year old grandson is in the 4th grade and one of
his assignments is to read 20 minutes every day. We
have been reading "Emerine's Nightmare" together. He
really likes it. The story has shown us how Emerine has
learned about how good versus evil and about the
consequences that follow with the different choices
that we make. He also learns about unconditional love.
He learns about what real love between a mother and
father is. One of my favorite passages in this story
The light? What can light do, Father?”
“It brings warmth and also dispels the
darkness that wants to take over.”
There is a children's song I love that also fits
this that I love called "Teach Me to Walk in the
Light". The first verse is
Teach me to walk in the light of his love;
Teach me to pray to my Father above;
Teach me to know of the things that are right;
Teach me, teach me to walk in the light.
Text and music: Clara W. McMaster, 1904–1997.
© 1958 IRI
I loved this little book and recommend it to all
children. I would also recommend that parents read this
with their children to get the most of the meaning that
has been written into this wonderful book.