Poetry For Young People: Emily Dickinson

by Emily Dickinson

Other authorsFrances Schoonmaker Bolin (Editor), Chi Chung (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2000



Call number

811.4 Dic

Call number

811.4 Dic

Local notes

811.4 Dic




Scholastic (2000), 48 pages


American poet Emily Dickinson is revered around the world, and influenced many feminist artists and writers. Her work is some of the best known and most quoted or adapted: 'Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all' Emily Dickinson. Dickinson received a very good education, but chose to return home to Amherst, Massachusetts, where she spent the rest of her life, writing more than a poem a day until her death. Her refusal to compromise her highly condensed expression meant that only a tiny fraction of her work was published in her lifetime. Even today, her work feels startlingly modern: 'Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell' Emily Dickinson.… (more)


Physical description

48 p.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Jenny_Laura
This book is a delightful collection of poems from Emily Dickinson who writes a variety of poems about nature. She gives a very descriptive style to her poems that gives a vivid picture of what she is writing about. At the end of each poem it give meaning to some of the words in the poem, so that
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the reader gets an understanding of what he or she read. Also at the beginning of the book, it gives background over Emily Dickinson of her life, and explains some of the poetry she has written.

I would use this book in a poetry unit, or to learn more about poetry that is written about nature and how it is used.
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LibraryThing member joel07
A nice selection of poems for the young reader by Emily Dickinson. This collection is very vivid and the illustrations add a quality to the poetry, it is a nice combination of 2 separate but similar mediums.
LibraryThing member KatieKirk
This is a collection of some of Emily Dickinson's poetry that can be enjoyed by children. Many of the poems in the collection are nature related. There are also some cute riddles in this book too. I like that the book has a short biography at the beginning too!

Personal Reaction:
This book is
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wonderful! I feel that this collection of Emily Dickinson poetry really has a peaceful sense about it. I really enjoyed it and I think that it's a great book to use to spark children's interest in poetry. I also enjoyed this simple illustration in this book.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Like I said in my personal reaction, I think this book has a peaceful feel to it. Because of this, I think it would be good to use to help children calm down when transitioning from recess to classwork.

2. This book has some cute short riddles. I think it would be fun to have children write their own short riddles after reading this book aloud.
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LibraryThing member kdhayes06
Summary- At the beginning of this book there is a short introduction about Emily Dickinson, her life, habits and style of poetry. This book contains 36 poems some of which are riddles. On some pages there are definitions of words that young people may not be familiar with. Each poem is vivid with
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descriptions and imagination. Sunsets are not merely sunsets but a woman sweeping the sky with colored brooms.

Personal-This a prime example of Emily Dickinson’s abilities with words. It is a short collection that is sure to wet appetites to learn more about her and her work. There are wonderful poems about the seasons and all that you find within your surroundings. I can’t help but smile when reading a letter from a fly to a bee.

Classroom Extensions-
Literature: Excellent examples of iambic poetry to draw examples from when introducing the material.

Poetry/Thinking Skills: Use a couple of the riddles found in this collection with a young class and see if they can guess what it is describing.

Art/Poetry: Once again with the younger classes you can read one of the shorter more descriptive poems and then have the students draw a picture of what they imagined.
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LibraryThing member ke141703
Summary: This is a collection of Emily Dickinsons best poetry. In the story she has a section of poems that describe something and you have to guress what she is talking about.

Personal Response: This was a fun book to read. Even though poetry is not my thing I really did enjoy the stories in this
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Classroom Extension Ideas: You could read them a story and have them try to guess what she is describing. Also you could have the students pick their favorites and draw a picture about it.
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LibraryThing member chermom5
This beautiful collection of Emily Dickinson's poetry includes a small glossary at the bottom of the page with definitions of possibly unfamiliar words that occur in the poem. The illustrations are appropriate and lovely.
LibraryThing member 1derlys
Emily Dickinson is a delight to read. Her poems feel light and airy and with grace and beauty she paints little pictures with her words.
LibraryThing member sarah_desrosier
Summary- A delightful nature theme ties this collection of poems together. The pictures go perfectly with each poem. Two poems that stood out to me were "The Pedigree of Honey" and "The Moon was but a Chin of Gold."
Personal Reaction: This is a great advanced poetry book for kids, perhaps around
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nine years old. There is a great introduction in the beginning of the book telling the reader a little background information on Emily Dickinson and her life. Also, I really liked that in each poem, any difficult words are written at the bottom of the page, along with their definitions. This is a great book for any young readers that are up for challenging themselves a bit.
Classroom Extension-Have kids pick out their favorite poem from this book and do their own illustration. What does this poem mean to you and how do you relate?
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LibraryThing member kbuffum13
The genre of this book is poetry and is the work of the famous poet, Emily Dickinson. This book starts off with an introduction for the student’s of who Dickinson was during her life. From the way she lived her life and the fact that she wrote about the ordinary things in life and even death. It
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explains that she grew up very shy in an important family who was known by all in her town. Also, only six of her poems were published while she was living. The intro explains that she almost always wrote in rhyme or iambic meter. Another common trend is that most poems are in stanzas of four lines. This book contains 36 of Dickinson’s Poems that are illustrated with watercolor. Some of examples of the poems in this book are A word is dead, which is about looking at words as just the beginning. Also, In this short life, which is a question about the control we have in our life.
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LibraryThing member KaylaAnn715
"An everywhere of silver, with ropes of sand, from keeping it from effacing, the track called land." This is just a snippet of a poem from this beautiful collaboration of poems from the late and great, Emily Dickinson. This is an amazing piece of poetry to have in the classroom, all focusing around
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the epic, haunting, and beautiful poetry from Emily Dickinson. With pictures and definitions at the bottom of the page for words that are not as common, this book brings poetry to children without taking away its immensity and beauty.
Genre: Poetry
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
I very much enjoy this series which features the poetry of well-known poetic writers. This book, in particular focuses on Emily Dickinson. By far my favorite poet, and therefore, I was drawn to this book when I found it on the shelf of the library.

The beginning of the book focuses on her life, her
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reclusiveness and her life-long calling to work with words.

Painfully shy, with a vivid imagination, she wrote of emotions which many wonder how such a shy, inward-focused woman could write in such a knowledgeable manner.

As she grew older, Emily became more and more reclusive. Quite fond of her brother Austin, and his wife Susan, the path was worn from her parents house to theirs. Choosing to see only those she best loved, her circle was small.

Townspeople were very curious and would leave small gifts in the hope of seeing her. Fond of children, she dispensed ginger bread cookies and other treats via a basket tethered to a cord slowly brought down from the upper window. Children loved Emily and did not mind her guarded ways. In particular, she had a wonderful nephew whom she loved dearly. She also had a close relationship with her sister Lavinia, whom she called Vinnie.

Like many artists, she did not become well known for her work until after she died. During Emily's time, poems written by women were to be flowery. Increasingly, Emily wrote of heavy subjects, and with sparsity of words.

She carefully checked the dictionary to find one word that fit what she felt. Only six of her poems were published while she was alive. She died when she was fifty-four. Her sister Vinnie was quite astounded to find a box of little hand sewn books. in all, 879 precious poems.

The collection of poems featured in this book focus on those written of nature. Few in this collection are somber. Most have an airy feel of spring breezes. I did not know she wrote so many poems of nature, and it was refreshing to read the quick, witty, delightful passages such as this:

Bee, I'm expecting you!
Was saying yesterday
To somebody you know
That you were due.

The frogs got home last week,
Are settled and at work,
Birds mostly back,
The clover warm and thick.

You'll get my letter by
The seventeenth; reply,
Or better, be with me.


Further in the book, there is one poem of Emily's thoughts of her death:

I have not told my garden yet,
Lest that should conquer me,
I have not quite the strength now
To break it to the bee.

I will not name it in the street
For shops would stare, that I,
So shy, so very ignorant
Should have the face to die.

The hillsides must not know it,
Where I have rambled so,
Nor tell the loving forests
The day that I shall go,

Nor lisp it at the table,
Nor heedless by the way
Hint that within the riddle
One will walk to day!


Highly recommended 4.5 stars!
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LibraryThing member mortloff
Great illustrations, and many great poems to share with students.
LibraryThing member Brightman
Great for child and adult...




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