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In Emily's Garden: Little Poet Emily Dickinson

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Introduce clever babies to classic poets with Gibbs Smith's new Little Poet series.

Avid gardener and poet Emily Dickinson collected 424 pressed flower specimens and wrote nearly 1800 poems in her lifetime, with nature and plants inspiring many of her beloved works. Lines and couplets from Dickinson's poems paired with Carme Lemniscates' gorgeous illustrations bring In
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Board Book, 22 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Gibbs Smith
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bet mercer
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A vivid board book with fun illustrations of garden words (roses, bees, etc.) that are paired with lines from Emily Dickinson's poetry (even quoting big words like evanescence!). I love imagining a child knowing bits of classic poetry early on, and always appreciate when kid books aren't dumbed down by diluting what they're supposedly referencing.
Katie Fitzgerald
I love the way this book presents Emily Dickinson's poetry using the setting of a garden. Though we do lose the distinctive rhythm of Dickinson's poems when we only quote one or two lines out of context, the images captured in the lines that are included here are still pleasing and appealing. My toddler loves this book and has been taking it to bed with her at naptime.
Milton Public
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Ahem:
Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.
Success in circuit lies.
Too bright for our infirm delight
The truth's superb surprise.

As lightning, to the children, eased
With explanation kind
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.

(Success at easing Miss Emily to the children? Mixed.)
Kris Dersch
You wouldn't think excerpts of Emily Dickinson poems would be all that relatable to toddlers but it turns out they are. This is a great little book for the littlest word lovers on up.
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I was born in Spokane, Washington, but I spent most of my childhood in Camarillo, California, which is about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles. Whenever possible as a child, I read books—books, books, and more books. The rest of the time I rode my bike with my sister, Loni, or looked after my little brother and sister. Sometimes we went to the movies at an old theater we called "The Sticky ...more