Emily Writes: Emily Dickinson and Her Poetic Beginnings

Emily Writes: Emily Dickinson and Her Poetic Beginnings


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Jane Yolen's Emily Writes is an imagined and evocative picture book account of Emily Dickinson’s childhood poetic beginnings, featuring illustrations by Christine Davenier.

As a young girl, Emily Dickinson 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250128089
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 952,128
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jane Yolen is one of the most distinguished and successful authors for young readers and adults in the country. She has written over 200 books—including Briar Rose, Owl Moon, and The Devil's Arithmetic. Her books have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals, among others. Yolen lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

When Christine Davenier was fourteen, she received her first box of watercolor paints, a gift from her grandmother. Since then, she has embraced her career as an illustrator and has contributed her artwork to picture books including Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best. She lives in Paris, France.

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