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Emily Writes: Emily Dickinson and Her Poetic Beginnings

Learn about Emily Dickinson childhood poetic beginnings in Jane Yolen's imaginative and evocative picture book account, featuring illustrations by Christine Davenier.

As a young girl, Emily loved to scribble curlicues and circles, imagine new rhymes, and connect with the natural world around her. The sounds, sights, and smells of home swirled through her mind, and Emily began to explore writing and rhyming her thoughts and impressions. She thinks about the real and the unreal. Perhaps poems are the in-between.

This thoughtful spotlight on Emily's early experimentations with poetry offers a unique window into one of the world's most famous and influential poets. Imaginative and evocative, featuring illustrations by Christine Davenier, this is a compelling tale of Dickinson's poetic beginnings.

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"Yolen and Davenier portray Dickinson as a small child who 'tiptoes into Father’s study,/ being quiet as dust' and finds 'a scrap of paper' and a 'gnawed pencil stub, too... Perhaps, she thinks, I will make a poem.' Historical details — her siblings, Lavinia and Austin; her mother’s illness ('Mother,/ who makes her feel rainy'); her father’s emotional distance — add ballast to the imagined account.... Davenier’s loose-lined, color-washed ink illustrations capture childlike joy and curiosity." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Jane Yolen
Illustrator Christine Davenier
ISBN 1250128080
Publication Date Feb 4, 2020
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Language English