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On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, who famously wrote "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul," is brought to life in this moving story.

In a small New England town lives Emily Dickinson, a girl in love with small things — a flower petal, a bird, a ray of light, a word. In those small things, her brilliant imagination can see the wide world... and in her words, she takes wing. From celebrated children's author Jennifer Berne comes a lyrical and lovely account of the life of Emily Dickinson: her courage, her faith, and her gift to the world.

With Dickinson's own inimitable poetry woven throughout, this lyrical biography is not just a tale of prodigious talent, but also of the power we have to transform ourselves and to reach one another when we speak from the soul. It's an inspiring and kid-accessible biography of one of the world's most famous poets.

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"[Berne] paints a picture of a curious child who, as she grows, finds her own way to make sense of a world holding both trouble and joy. “Everywhere she looked,/ she was told to obey without asking,/ to believe".... Stadtlander’s modern folkloric gouache and watercolor illustrations seamlessly merge realism and fantasy, capturing fine details such as floral-sprigged fabrics and rendering whimsical scenes like a miniature Emily astride a grasshopper in a sunset sky." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Jennifer Berne
Illustrator Becca Stadtlander
ISBN 1452142971
Publication Date Feb 18, 2020
Publisher Chronicle Books
Language English