Press:Farrar Straus & Giroux Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (March 19, 2002)
Author Name:Winter, Jeanette/ Dickinson, Emily
A captivating introduction to Emily DickinsonThe poet Emily Dickinson was unknown and mostly unpublished during her lifetime (1830–86).
When she died, her sister, Lavinia, discovered the 1,775 poems Emily Dickinson left behind – her “letters to the world.” Jeanette Winter tells the story of the discovery of these poems and has selected twenty-one that speak most directly to children, surrounding them with vibrant paintings.
With a specifically designed typeface inspired by Emily Dickinson’s handwriting, this small book, which is about the size of some of the paper on which Emily wrote, is a gem.
From School Library Journal
Grades 2-5--The reclusive American poet is revealed through 21 of her poems in this small-format picture book.
Told from the point of view of her sister Lavinia, who discovered almost 1800 of Dickinson's precious poems after her death, the story provides only snippets of the poet's enigmatic life: her refusal to leave the family's Amherst home, her fanatical love of words, and her dying as a virtual unknown.
However, the selection of poems-Emily's "letters"-gives insight into her thoughts on a variety of topics, ranging from nature ("Snowflakes") to the secrets of the heart ("Have you got a Brook in your little heart-") to her distaste at the thought of fame ("I'm Nobody! Who are you?").
Winter's paintings use all-white backgrounds to illustrate the facts of her story, but when readers step into the world of Dickinson's imaginative mind and intense poetic spirit, the illustrator switches to color-filled backgrounds, with the full or partial figure of the poet ever-present.
Here the strong images of the subjects of the poems clearly take precedence, and, as with Winter's illustrations in Follow the Drinking Gourd (Knopf, 1992), her simplistic style manages to accentuate the depth behind the words.
Naturally, these gems beg to be read aloud, and they are sure to provoke discussions about their meaning and the powerful images they suggest.
Pair this title with Michael Bedard's Emily (Doubleday, 1992) for a fuller introduction to this brilliant poet.Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RICopyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
In earlier titles such as My Name Is Georgia (1998), about Georgia O'Keeffe, and Sebastian (1999), about Bach, Winter offered wholly engaging biographies that were easily accessible to children.
In this latest effort, she blends biographical facts and a collection of Dickinson's work, with mixed results.
Written in the voice of Dickinson's sister, the introductory lines tell a few details about the poet in simple, compelling language, describing where she wrote, her penchant for white dresses, her reluctance to leave home.
Then Dickinson's sister discovers the poems, which make up the remainder of the book.
Several whole selections will appeal to young children, and images in others ("The moon was but a chin of gold") will also spark interest.
But most selections are abstract and filled with difficult words and mature concerns.
The small, square format and bright, spare, spring-colored paintings suggest a young readership, but the most likely audience for this will be teens and adults able to grasp the full complexity of Dickinson's work.
Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association.
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"A quick but complex taste of a quick but complex poet .
This small tribute effectively captures a sense of Dickinson's precise language and wide-open imagination.
Great potential as a keepsake and a lovely introduction for younger readers." --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Jeanette Winter is the author and illustrator of many notable books for children, including My Baby and My Name Is Georgia.
She lives in New York City.
Children's Books,Biographies,Literary,Literature & Fiction,Poetry
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