On Wings of Words : The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson
by Berne, Jennifer; Stadtlander, Becca (ILT)






A lyrical account of the life of Emily Dickinson shares inspirational insights into how her courage and faith shaped her literary achievements and how she infused her poetry with vibrant observations of the natural world surrounding her New England home. Illustrations.





Jennifer Berne is the award-winning author of the biographies Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau and On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein. She lives in Copake, New York.

Becca Stadtlander is the illustrator of many children's and young adult publications, including Sleep Tight Farm. She was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky.





Berne (On a Beam of Light, 2013) focuses on the writer's inner experience in this lyrical picture-book biography of the enigmatic poet Emily Dickinson. The author doesn't delve too deeply into the details of Dickinson's life, instead weaving in relevant snippets of her poetry and leaving more of an impression of some of the major events. The back matter includes an exploration of the meaning of poetry and how to read, write, and share it. Stadtlander adds to the dreamy nature with fanciful illustrations of Dickinson communing with nature and flying on the wings of butterflies, an homage to "Hope is the thing with feathers." Deep blues and violets reflect the poet's moodier verses, while warm yellow and bursts of green and pink hint at her joyful work. An artist's note explains the research conducted in order to ensure visual accuracy; it also explains the approach to capturing Dickinson's abstract ruminations. A biography for poetry lovers and a perfect choice for writing prompts. Grades 2-4. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Berne (On a Beam of Light, 2013) focuses on the writer's inner experience in this lyrical picture-book biography of the enigmatic poet Emily Dickinson. The author doesn't delve too deeply into the details of Dickinson's life, instead weaving in relevant snippets of her poetry and leaving more of an impression of some of the major events. The back matter includes an exploration of the meaning of poetry and how to read, write, and share it. Stadtlander adds to the dreamy nature with fanciful illustrations of Dickinson communing with nature and flying on the wings of butterflies, an homage to "Hope is the thing with feathers." Deep blues and violets reflect the poet's moodier verses, while warm yellow and bursts of green and pink hint at her joyful work. An artist's note explains the research conducted in order to ensure visual accuracy; it also explains the approach to capturing Dickinson's abstract ruminations. A biography for poetry lovers and a perfect choice for writing prompts. Grades 2-4. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





A biographical introduction to the unusual life of 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. An inquisitive child who explored "every bird, every flower, every bee or breeze or slant of light," Emily adored her brother and enjoyed her school friends, experienced intense feelings, thoughts, and desires, and loved reading, which felt like traveling "on a sea of words." When people failed to answer her existential questions, Emily put "faith in what she could see and understand." Gradually, her thoughts and feelings emerged as poems that set her free and allowed her to dwell in an inner world "bigger than all the world outside." Continuing to enjoy her gardens, dog, family, select friends, and neighborhood children, the adult Emily rarely left her room, where she wrote and hid hundreds of amazing poems discovered after her death in 1886. Adroitly incorporating language and imagery from Dickinson's poems as well as whole lines and stanzas, the neatly hand-lettered, lyrical text appropriately focuses on how Emily's rich inner life crystallized into her remarkable poetry. Splendid illustrations combine both folk-art and surrealist styles to contrast Emily's limited physical journey from sensitive child to reclusive poet within the confines of her family home with imaginative scenes of her limitless inner life showcasing visual images from her poems. Inspired use of the butterfly motif captures the poet's enigmatic spirit. Stunning. (notes on Dickinson and poetry, author's note, artist's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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