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Emma Dilemma, the Nanny and the Secret Ferret by Patricia Hermes

Emma Dilemma, the Nanny, and the Secret Ferret by Patricia Hermes. Pub.Marshall Cavendish, 2010.

Children who have read and loved the Judy Moody series by Megan MacDonald will love these novels of a young girl who is full of adventure and whose stories all have a family setting. The adults are always understanding and good role models and in Emma’s situation the nanny, Annie provides further adult support.

This novel is really about trust. Can children trust adults? Well Patricia Hermes says they can but that responsibility is at the heart of it. Nothing wrong with that.

So where do the ferrets get in on the act? Interesting animal the ferret, very distructive to the bird life of New Zealand but in this novel loyal and needy animal friends. Emma has two ferrets, Marshmallow and Marmaduke, and cannot take them on the family holiday to Maine. She farms out one to her best friend and smuggles the second to the holiday home. Havoc eventuates but sympathetic and astute Nanny helps save the day.

Other adventures happen on holiday when a neighbour wishes to cut down some trees, but it is all wholesome stuff.

Recommended for children in years 3-5 at school.

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