Perfect Picture Book Fridays – My Uncle Emily

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Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday book is about the nephew of the popular poet, Emily Dickinson and the special relationship they had.

TitleMy Uncle Emily

AuthorJane Yolen IllustratorNancy Carpenter

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

Emily Dickinson museum’s fun & games page

Poetry lessons for kids

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.

16 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Fridays – My Uncle Emily
  1. After I read Jane Yolen’s PiBoIdMo post I went to the library to re-read some of her books but I still can’t find this one! Now you’ve re-whetted my appetite.

  2. I love Jane Yolen’s work, so I’m sure this is a beautiful read of such a beloved poet and writer. I enjoyed looking at the Museum page and the Poetry page for kids. Nice resources.

  3. Jarm Del Boccio

    Sounds like a winner to me, Loni. . .I love history-based PBs!

  4. This is one of Jane’s I don’t know and am very eager to read now.

  5. Sounds absolutely lovely!

  6. Love the idea of this book, and Emily !

  7. This sounds like a lovely book. I’m a big fan of Ms Yolen. Her books are very popular at our library. But I haven’t seen this one. I’ll have to look for it. Thanks!

    • If you are a fan of Jane’s then you will love this book. You can tell she has much admiration for Emily.

  8. Sounds like a very interesting book with a unique angle! Thanks so much for sharing it, Loni! 🙂

    • Yes, it is, Susanna. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  9. I love books from a different perspective like the nephew twist … I think one of my critique partners moved to your town. 🙂

    • Yes, I do too! It makes it fun and interesting.

  10. Good grief I’m thinking of the wrong state! 🙂

  11. Sounds like a very interesting book. I love reading about writers/poets.

    • It was a great read, and even included a little poetry in it. It also had a note at the end of the book by Jane Yolen which told about the facts the book was based on.