On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson

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An inspiring and kid-accessible biography of one of the world's most famous poets.

Emily Dickinson, who famously wrote "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul," is brought to life in this moving story. In a small New England town lives Emily Dickinson, a girl in love with small things--a flower petal, a bird, a ray of light, a word. In those small things, her brilliant imagination can see the wide world--and in her words, she takes wing. From celebrated children's author Jennifer Berne comes a lyrical and lovely account of the life of Emily Dickinson: her courage, her faith, and her gift to the world. With Dickinson's own inimitable poetry woven throughout, this lyrical biography is not just a tale of prodigious talent, but also of the power we have to transform ourselves and to reach one another when we speak from the soul.

- Fantastic educational opportunity to share Emily Dickinson's story and poetry with young readers
- An inspirational real-life story that will appeal to children and adults alike.
- Jennifer Berne is the author of critically acclaimed children's biographies of Albert Einstein and Jacques Cousteau.


Fans who enjoyed Emily Writes: Emily Dickinson and her Poetic Beginnings, Emily and Carlo, and Uncle Emily will love On Wings of Words.

- Books for kids ages 5-8
- Poetry for children
- Biographies for children

"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. Inspired use of the butterfly motif captures the poet's enigmatic spirit. Stunning."-- Kirkus Reviews

"Berne's finely chosen words echo Dickinson's poetic proclivities. Lines from Dickinson's poems punctuate Berne's text, reflecting themes of nature, wonder, and joy. Stadtlander's modern folkloric gouache and watercolor illustrations seamlessly merge realism and fantasy."-- Publishers Weekly

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.

Target Age: 5-9

Chronicle Books

Pub Date: February 18, 2020

0.6" H x 9.8" L x 10.2" W

52 pages