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big apple books: emma's journey

by Claire Frossard

Frossard, an illustrator and native of France, made her first trip to New York City in 1998 to visit her uncle, photographer Etienne Frossard. For years afterwards, she dreamed of coming back. Emma's Journey was born out of that desire to return, and I love the heart and imagination within this story.

Emma, our main character, is a sparrow who lives in Central Park. When her best friend, Ducky Duck, leaves on a migration, Emma begins spending time with her Uncle Bob, who regales her with stories of their French ancestors and his travels to Paris.  Emma begins to get the travel bug herself, and at the end of the story, leaves on an adventure to that gorgeous French city.  The bulk of the story, however, takes place in landmark NYC destinations -- from the park and Flatiron building to the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower East Side.

Emma's Journey features Frossard's illustrations mixed with her uncle's photography.  On top of being a charming tale, I love that this book was a family affair from the very beginning!

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