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Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson

Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson

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by Emily Dickinson, Chi Chung (Illustrator), Frances Schoonmaker Bolin (Editor)
Features more than 35 of Dickinson’s best-loved poems, including “I’m nobody, who are you?” and “I started early, took my dog.” “Bolin’s four-page introduction describes and explains Emily Dickinson’s odd lifestyle and creative productivity...prettily colored watercolors.”—School Library Journal.


Features more than 35 of Dickinson’s best-loved poems, including “I’m nobody, who are you?” and “I started early, took my dog.” “Bolin’s four-page introduction describes and explains Emily Dickinson’s odd lifestyle and creative productivity...prettily colored watercolors.”—School Library Journal. “Footnotes glossing antiquated diction are well-handled.”—Washington Post.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Poetry for Young People series attempts to straddle the school and trade markets with these two volumes about America's best-known New England poets, but the results are uneven. Frost is superb, the poems introduced in a tone that is informative but not pedantic. Robert Frost's best work is organized into seasonal categories; an italicized gloss for each poem unobtrusively explains references and highlights themes. Sorensen's sketchy watercolors ground each poem in Frost's world of pastures, rose pogonias and yellow woods. Bolin's biographical interpretation of Emily Dickinson, on the other hand, is both coy and condescending. The reader is told, for example, that ``Emily may have seemed to some like a real `nobody' [but] inside she knew she was somebody special.'' Chung's illustrations combine Holly Hobbie-style children with trite ornamentation; a rainbow springs from the center of a lily to accompany ``A word is dead'' while a pea pod containing heart-shaped peas illustrates other verse. Each book includes a brief biography of the poet and a short index. Ages 10-up. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Leslie Greaves Radloff
Beginning with a short biographical sketch of the poet, this volume in the series "Poetry for Young People" introduces Emily Dickinson to young readers. While the illustrations are not as luminous as Nancy Ekholm Burckert's illustrations for another collection of Dickinson's poetry, Acts of Light, children may not mind. As with other books, unfamiliar words are defined on the pages, though that seems unnecessary as many may be understood through the context. So be it. The poems introduce only some of Dickinson's writing to schoolchildren, and the ones chosen could be used to introduce science lessons, as there are many on subjects found in nature. Certainly they could find use in writer's and reader's workshops as "mentor texts." There is clarity of typeset and plenty of white to set off the poems and illustrations. Dickinson's poems speak to many people, but those in this collection seem more tuned to the female reader. Fortunately, the series also includes poets whose works have more masculine appeal. As with other books in the series, a bibliography and index are included. This would be a fine choice to use with The Mouse of Amherst by Elizabeth Spires and Claire A. Nivola, Jeanette Winter's biography, Emily Dickinson's "Letter to the World," or Michael Bedard's picture book biography, Emily, illustrated by Caldecott Award winner Barbara Cooney. Reviewer: Leslie Greaves Radloff
School Library Journal
Gr 3 UpFrost satisfies in every way; Dickinson does not. Bolin's four-page introduction describes and explains Emily Dickinson's odd life style and creative productivity. This is followed by 36 poems loosely arranged by the topics of hope, death, and poetry. This organization, however, is not readily apparent; nor is the reasoning behind defining some words (gale, bog, shanties, etc.) and not others (dimity, helmsman, countenance). An index of first lines and little else will help readers searching for poems by subject. The prettily colored watercolors are flat and stylized, and seem better suited to nursery rhymes than Dickinson's insightful and witty glimpses of an entire universe in a blade of grass or of ``paradise'' gathered by ``narrow hands.'' Frost contains a three-page overview of the poet's life, 29 poems selected and arranged around the seasons of the year, brief and apt commentaries on each, and a useful index of titles and subject matter. The realistic watercolor illustrations capture the delicate beauty of a New England spring and the glory of fall while still suggesting the around-the-corner chill of winter, a disquiet echoing throughout much of Frost's poetry.Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY

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Poetry for Young People Series
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8.83(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Book Review Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson For Kids In the book Emily Dickinson Poetry for Young People, Emily Dickinson writes a number of soothing and tribal poems all at the same time. I thought the book was interesting but not necessarily for kids. I think that a child reading her poems would get very confused. I also think that when long ago she was writing the poems she was not focusing on children reading them. I don¿t think Emily thought anyone would read her poems and that¿s why she wrote them in her room when no one was around. I even think some adults would not understand her true meaning of the poems. Although something I did like about this book was that at the bottom they would show definitions for some of the confusing words. Also, on poems where she was describing something, they would put that thing in parentheses upside down at the bottom of the page. An interesting thing about Emily Dickinson is that she does not title her poems. So whenever her poems are listed for people to read, they are listed by their first line though if I w as Emily I would just like to let them be. In one poem, Emily writes about death. To figure this out you would have to really pay attention when reading her poem. She writes about dieing unexpectedly and not being able to say goodbye. I often think about the same thing. I try not to think about it but just like Emily it is hard and I understand her pain. In another poem Emily writes a letter to March (the month). She talks about how she has been waiting for him and he left her all alone. She talks tohim as if he was an honored guest and she tells him to put his feet up as she gets a beverage. Later in the poem she hears April knocking at the door and locks it. She does not want April to come. I¿m guessing that March was Emily¿s favorite month and probably thought it went really fast. In one of her poems, which is my favorite, she describes the moon. She talks about her amber lips and the way she owns the universe as she looks down upon everything. I think it¿s a really beautiful poem and the kind of poetry I am interested in. It was really soothing and touching. So if you ever have the time, just try this book. Try it. Try any of her books! I guarantee you will be touched by her humor and stories.