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The Mouse of Amherst

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  63 reviews
A mouse's-eye-view of Emily Dickinson
When a mouse named Emmaline takes up residence behind the wainscoting of Emily Dickinson's bedroom, she wonders what it is that keeps Emily scribbling at her writing table throughout the day and into the night. Emmaline sneaks a look, and finds that it's poetry! Inspired, Emmaline writes her own first poem and secretly deposits it on E
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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 26th 1999 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Karina
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a sweet little treat I found at the library! A mouse has taken residency at Emily Dickinson's home in Amherst and they immediately become friends. While including events of Emily's real life kids can also see it in a mouse's perspective. The mouse learns that she loves poetry too and that's how the friendship builds.

Quick story with beautiful poetry. Cute pencil sketches. Reading level: 5.5.
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Deborah Markus
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only way this book could be more adorable is if it were also a stuffed animal.

The main character mouse in question is so flippin' cute, I found myself wishing this book were a stuffed animal, or at least came along with one so you could hug it while you were reading and maybe ask if it was ready for you to turn the page yet.

Wow. It's official. If a book is charming enough, it will turn me into a blithering idiot.

Anyway. Although the delicately expressive line drawings of Claire A. Nivola wou
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Sarah
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this little book.

It's a children's book, but it captures Emily's spirit better than any biography or essay I've seen. The illustrations are delightful.
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Hope
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit, poetry
A modest little book that introduces children to the poetry of Emily Dickinson. I really enjoyed it.
TheLibraryOfSarah
I loved this sweet little book, the poetry, and quiet moments shared between Emily and Emmaline
BookChampions
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud, children
This is a lovely little book that interweaves some of Dickinson's most famous poems with a few new poems inspired by her. These new poems are "written" by a mouse who becomes a poem while living in the Dickinson home. It's a pretty simple tale, but there is a sophistication to the narrative, as if it was written in the 1800s.

The book kept my four-year old's attention, and it brought up discussions about the nature and origins of poems ("Where do poems come from?" Jude asks. "From the heart," I s
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Ann
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A cute little yarn that introduces Emily Dickinson's life and poetry to young readers through the POV of a mouse named Emmaline who lives in the wainscoting of the poet's Amherst home. Emmaline helps readers puzzle out over a dozen of Dickinson's poems and even writes a few of her own. This charming book with lovely illustrations is short in length, but it's for a little older readers--like Dickinson's poems. ...more
Natalie Wisz
This is a wonderful story about a mouse who befriends Emily Dickinson and is introduced to the magical art of poetry. It's concise, well-written, and incredibly thoughtful. The accompanying illustrations are also so charming. I'd definitely recommend this to a child who is interested in historically-inspired fiction. Appropriate for grades 2-4. ...more
Taryn Olivas
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, though not very long, is so inspiring! It inspired me to write poetry from age six, and I can quote many of the poems inside it! A great read(even for inexperienced readers; I read it when I was six)!!!
Juli Anna
Sweet, but insubstantial.
Lani Crawford
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable - charming - uplifting !!
Shannon
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon by: I found it at the H. Elementary Library.
04/15: We all took turns reading this one and enjoyed it.

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A mouse's-eye-view of Emily Dickinson

When a mouse named Emmaline takes up residence behind the wainscoting of Emily Dickinson's bedroom, she wonders what it is that keeps Emily scribbling at her writing table throughout the day and into the night. Emmaline sneaks a look, and finds that it's poetry! Inspired, Emmaline writes her own first poem and secretly deposits it on Emily's desk. Emily answers with another poe
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Jasmyn
May 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-hannah
Update: We just finished this and...it wasn't the greatest. I like some of Emily Dickinson, but her life was pretty sad--she never married, never had children, and lived as a recluse and died at 55. Yikes! The mouse part was cute sometimes, but mostly it was all a little weird. The mouse's heart would beat wildly and she would get dizzy when she started to write poetry and then she would wake up from her trancelike state and realize that she had just written a masterpiece...um? Are you on LSD? : ...more
Phoebe
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Deborah for Weber Reads prep
A sweet little story about a mouse called Emmaline who moves into Emily Dickinson's room and begins to discover her own potential as a poet, fueled and inspired by Emily herself. The two become friends, indirectly, and share their poetic efforts. Delicate drawings by Claire Nivola (who came out this year with a wonderful new picture book of her own) are perfectly suited to the clean, spare, peaceful atmosphere of the book. This is a gentle introduction to Dickinson, with historical detail and ex ...more
Sandy Brehl
I can't think of a better way to introduce works by Emily Dickinson to young readers than this charming little book, narrated by a mouse, Emmaline. The young rodent is pursuing life away from home and finds a cozy spot in the bedroom woodwork in Emily's house. Although equipped with a notebook among her meager belongings, it is curiosity and the discovery of Emily's remarkably appealing poems that inspires Emmaline to reply in verse.
The framing narrative of this interaction allows readers to le
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Cami
Mar 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, ya-fiction
This was an irritating little book.
The tale of a mouse living in the Dickinson household suddenly finds she has an affinity for poetry and begins writing poems back and forth to Emily Dickinson.
Having not liked Ms. Dickinson's poetry for a long time in years past, thinking that it was too trite and simplistic, this takes me right back to those opinions based on it has been woven into this silly story.
I really don't like this little mouse.
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Jenny Brown
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Your child will undoubtedly delight in the discovery that the title of this book is a pun: a mouse named Emmaline dwells in the bedroom of a shy and retiring poet named Emily… Emily Dickinson, that is. Emmaline, who narrates, thinks of herself as “nothing more than a crumb gatherer, a cheese nibbler, a mouse-of-little-purpose.” But that was before she met “the great poet of Amherst.”

Full review:
http://www.twentybyjenny.com/812Books...
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Deborah
Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Emmeline the mouse moves into Emily Dickinson's bedroom. Emily scribbles away on little slips of paper and Emmeline wonders what she is working so hard on. Then a piece of paper falls to the floor and Emmeline finds that she is writing poetry. Emmeline learns she has a knack for poetry herself. Emmeline and Emily correspond through poetry until Lavinia, Emily's sister, finds out that Emily is harboring a mouse in her bedroom. Emmeline is then forced to move out.

Boring.
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Xyra
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read. Perfect for a lunch time.

The main character is a lovely little mouse who moves in with Emily Dickinson and her family. Interesting adventures and poetry ensue.

Well written with prose and poetry. The simple illustrations add greater depth to this short story or novella.

I truly enjoyed it. Not sure people who do not like mice will, but I had pet mice and love the little beings.
Devon
This is a sweet and genuine story about a mouse who comes to live with Emily Dickinson, exploring briefly her life and poetry. I recommend this for more advanced and/or thoughtful readers if reading independently, but this would also be a great read-aloud. Vocabulary, tone, and subject matter are nuanced and might need some guidance. I could see this sparking a bigger conversation about her life and work.
Meghann Cantey
We didn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped we would. I read it to my children (boy 8, girl 5), and I ended up editing as I read making the language more understandable to them. Otherwise they were losing interest. Twice they even fell asleep! Err... I guess that's not really a bad thing though, is it?! ...more
Miss Amanda
slj gr 2-4 60 pgs


Fantasy, mice. Emmaline mouse moves into a mouse hole in Emily Dickinson's room. When she discovers some of Emily's poetry one day, Emmaline discovers that she too possesses a poetic talent!

Included in the story are some of Dickinson's poems and the reader also learns a little bit about Dickinson's life.
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Mariah Mead
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so adorable. I read it when I was younger and I loved the way the author captured Emily Dickinson's way of writing and personality. It's good for younger children and older children alike, as it's short but teaches about Emily's life right at the end. This sweet book had delightful illustrations. I'd say it's fab for ages 6+. ...more
Jell B.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The concept is cute and refreshing but I honestly didn’t feel anything. Maybe because I’m not the target market? But I’ve read other children’s books before and however basic its writing still managed to engender some feeling in me. but I did get interested in the epilogue about Emily Dickinson, how she never married and became more and more reclusive until the end of her life.
Johnny Bennett
This book was weird. The images and length imply that it is for younger kids. The sophistication of the language certain does not. I know junior high or high school kids that would struggle with the way this is written. Kind of an interesting idea, but really just an homage to Emily Dickinson.
LuAnn
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute book that introduces Emily Dickinson, her poetry and home through the eyes and poetry of a mouse to children moving beyond picture books. Smoothly incorporates Dickinson's poetry and conveys something of her character. Nice line illustrations ...more
Christian - Curious Quill
""The Mouse of Amherst" was an adorable story depicting a piece of Emily Dickinson's life from the point of view of a mouse named Emmaline. It was a very quick read and I enjoyed the fact that the dialogue between Emily and Emmaline was poetry that they wrote to one another. ...more
T. Finley
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, poetry, mice
As someone who was drawn to Emily Dickinson's work when I had to read it for school years ago, I found this book quite charming.
Did I like it? Yes.
Would I reread it? I've already read it once before.
Would I recommend it? Yes.
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Roger
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
A mouse moves into Emily Dickinson’s bedroom and discovers that she, too, is a poet. This chapter book was an awesome and accessible introduction to Dickinson as well as a cute story in its own right.
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Elizabeth Spires is the author of five collections of poetry as well as several books for children. She has been the recipient a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1998 she received the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Maryland Aut ...more

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