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Seven Kisses in a Row

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Seven Kisses in a Row

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Jun 25, 2013


It's not fair, Emma thinks, for her parents to go away (for five whole days) and leave her with an aunt and uncle she hardly knows. What if they don't like children? But Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Eliot like Emma and her brother, Zachary, just fine. They also like rules. Rules about: Eating. Sleeping. Cleaning up. Messing up. Emma doesn't believe in rules. Not unless they're hers: Eating no broccoli, dead or alive. Sleeping: No sleeping in a room where night rumbles hide. Cleaning up: Don't. Messing up: Do. Emma can see that Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Elliot have a lot to learn about being parents. But that's okay---because Emma has five whole days in which to teach them.

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Jun 25, 2013

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Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless novels for young readers, including Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; The Truth of Me; The Poet’s Dog; and My Father’s Words. She is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

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Seven Kisses in a Row

The morning sun came through the window curtains and made lace designs on Emma’s bed. She got up and went to her parents’ bedroom.

It’s morning, she called through the door. It’s time for divided grapefruit with a cherry in the middle.

There was no answer.

Emma opened the door and looked in. She had forgotten. Her mother and father were away for five days. Her father was an eyeball doctor, though he called it something else. He and her mother had gone to an eyeball meeting. Her aunt and uncle were sleeping in her parents’ bed. Uncle Elliot with his face in the pillow and Aunt Evelyn with her mouth open.

Emma walked over to the bed and stood there. It wasn’t fair, Emma thought, for her parents to go away and leave her with an aunt and uncle she hardly knew. Maybe they didn’t know any children. What if they didn’t like children? They probably didn’t know anything at all about night lights and bad dreams and telling two whole stories before bedtime and no eggplant cooked in tomatoes. Emma leaned over to examine Uncle Elliot. He looked just like her father except that his hair wasn’t disappearing like her father’s. He was making funny noises into his pillow.

"Plah, oosh, plah, oosh."

Emma went around the bed to study Aunt Evelyn. She had lots of curly hair and pierced ears: one earring in one ear and two in the other. Emma frowned. That wasn’t even.

It’s time for breakfast, said Emma.

Aunt Evelyn closed her mouth and opened her eyes.

Later, she said.

I’m hungry now, said Emma.

Aunt Evelyn didn’t answer. She was asleep.

Emma went over to Uncle Elliot.

Good morning, she said cheerfully.

Uncle Elliot made one big ooshing sound into his pillow.

I’m hungry, said Emma.

"I’m tired," said Uncle Elliot.

Emma frowned again.

Would you give me seven kisses in a row? she asked. Papa always gives me seven kisses in a row in the morning.

Uncle Elliot said nothing. He was asleep.

"Plah, oosh, plah, oosh."

Emma went to the kitchen for something to eat. The cereal boxes were empty. Her big brother, Zachary, had eaten breakfast. Emma made three peanut butter and toast sandwiches. The peanut butter melted on the toast and ran down her chin.

She knocked on Zachary’s door. He had his earphones on.

It’s morning, said Emma. "Uncle Elliot is ooshing and Aunt Evelyn’s ears aren’t even. They’re asleep. And I want divided grapefruit with a cherry in the

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  • (1/5)
    This is not one of the authors strong works, and it can't even compare with the others which are thoughtful and well written.This is a story of a little girl whose parents went away to a conference, leaving her and her brother in the very capable hands of their Aunt and Uncle.The Aunt and Uncle are non traditional and furthermore, don't dote on every word and action that the little girl does. She seems to be a brat who gets her way, until the relatives put boundaries on her.Eventually, she grows to love them.Not recommended.
  • (3/5)
    As Emma recounts many times in the story, “different strokes for different folks”. This idiom means: (a) Different people like or need different things, or (b) different things are done or liked by different people. Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Elliot have so many rules about everything. Emma isn’t used to rules. She has her way of doing things. At first Emma doesn’t like all the rules, but as she gets to know her Aunt and Uncle, she soon comes to realize that differences actually bring people together and that differences should be celebrated. This transitional book is written in simple vocabulary and short, uncomplicated sentences. There are seven chapters spanning a short time frame. The book is very conversational and the narrative flows smoothly. The black and white illustrations give the reader an image of what the characters look like and the actions they are doing. The characters in the story are realistic and young readers would easily identify with them.