Amber Was Brave, Essie Smart

Essie is smart. She can read hard library books and make cocoa. Amber is brave. She isn't afraid of the rat in the wall or of climbing up in high places. Amber and Essie are sisters and best friends. Together, they can do anything.

Ages 7+

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By Elizabeth · ★★★★★ · September 19, 2014
I would like to give this one ten stars. The description may not sound promising -- the story of two little girls whose father is in prison, told in poems and illustration -- but this was just lovely. Both of my daughters (seven and three) loved it, although I thought it might be too boring for t... ...more
By Courtney (Austin, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · February 22, 2014
Author Vera B. Williams takes readers through the ups and downs of life for two sisters in Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart. Written as a verse novel, the series of poem vignettes capture their relationship and everyday lives in an absolutely heartwarming story.

Amber was brave… she wasn’t afraid... ...more
By Ben (Torrance, CA) · ★★★★☆ · July 06, 2008
A real good sister book. ...more
By (NS) Dana (The United States) · ★★★★★ · November 17, 2009
Through a pastiche of poems and pictures presents an affecting portrait of two young sisters in a struggling family. In the opening entry, readers learn why older Essie is smart while her sister Amber is brave Gradually, readers learn about the challenges they face: their mother works long hours,... ...more
By Paul (Floyds Knobs, IN) · ★★★★★ · April 08, 2012
A tender book about two sisters who must get by the very best they can, sometimes staying alone while their mother has to go to work. "Sad Lullaby" is a image capture of a situation many single parents find themselves in--this having to address loneliness in the same solitary ways to keep the fam... ...more
By Nichole (Claremont, CA) · ★★★★☆ · March 23, 2012
Verra Williams does a phenomenal job in writing this book. The reader is allowed to see the importance of family relationships. Although the there are problems within the family household, two sisters learn to lean on each other for support. I feel that every reader can relate to this story, ever... ...more
By Sandy (Atlanta, GA) · ★★★★★ · September 22, 2013
This is one of those books you read and feel like you've discovered something no else has ever heard of . . . My sister and I thought we'd discovered the movies "To Sir With Love" and "This Property Is Condemned."

So I came here to write about this great find, only to find that the others who rec... ...more