Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday book is about the nephew of the popular poet, Emily Dickinson and the special relationship they had.
Title – My Uncle Emily
Publisher – Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers Group)
Year 2009 Ages
Synopsis – This is a semi fictional tale told from the perspective of poet Emily Dickinson’s nephew. It is a warm tale of love, telling the truth, adversity, and loyalty. The classic style of the art pulls you back into time, where the special relationship between an Aunt and a boy is revealed.
Themes – love, telling the truth, adversity, family, loyalty, history.
Emily Dickinson museum’s kids page http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/for%20kids
Emily Dickinson museum’s fun & games page http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/fun_and_games
Poetry lessons for kids http://www.poetry4kids.com/blog/lessons/poetry-writing-lessons/
What I liked about this book – Since I now live in Amherst, MA I have become very aware of Emily Dickinson and the impact she has had on her fans. When we went to the cemetery in which she is buried, we found numerous people at her grave site. Upon reaching it, we saw that many people had left tokens, pencils & pens, tablets, small notes with writing on them, and poems. It was very touching. The community here also has a poetry week in which a couple of the days she is honored. I think this book is a wonderful way to introduce children to this interesting and talented poet.
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.