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Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0374321477
LANGUAGE:English

" I can't believe I missed one of these Jeannette Winter bios! " said.

" I have been reading through a number of Jeanette Winter's books recently. She does a nice job in a picture book introducing young readers to famous authors, artists, etc. In this one, she uses Dickinson's poems to tell her story in a way. " said.

" Picture Book Title #10The beginning has a great, child-relatable way of telling how Dickinson's poems came to be. It also has great facts about the poet at the end, and it could be paired nicely with the other Dickinson picture book. It has nice illustrations of her poems, but I think a lot of them would go over a child's head. As an adult, I loved this book. " said.

" The first words are, "She died." There is an illustration of people carrying a casket, then Emily's sister crying by a tombstone that says Emily Dickinson on it. "My sister died today." Not a great start to a children's book. It starts this way, because Emily's sister goes through Emily's things and finds her poems after her death. The rest of the book is a nice selection of the poems with illustrations. " said.

" An interesting perspective on Emily Dickenson's life and poetry. Book starts out with Author's death and then her sister finds her poetry, and lets the poems explain her life.I didn't find the fact that she started with her death offensive. We are studying a lot of history and it's common knowledge to my kids that people who lived at this time are now dead. But it unlocks the story of her life. Sometimes we don't know much about people and what they do until they are gone. " said.

"Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World is where her sister finds her poems she had written after they had laid Emily to rest. The poems are about Emily's journey through life and how she felt through each step of life, along with what she wanted to do in the world. Her sister promises in the end that the world will read Emily's poems. Some of the poems are harder to understand, so as a teaching tool I would just use one page at a time because each page is like a mini poem and the picture on that page goes along with the poem. Then teach that poem and how you can incorporate your dreams and feelings into a poem. I loved how the words of the poem were on top of the picture. " said.

"This is a inspirational yet sad story from the point of view of Emily Dickinson's sister, who found Emily's poems after her death. The story begins by blatantly explaining that Emily had "died today", which I found a bit morbid for a children's story. However, the further I read into this story, the more I found it to be a tribute to Emily Dickinson and the words she wished to pass on. I enjoyed reading the different poems and felt that I had a better understanding of Emily Dickinson afterwards.
The illustrations for this book are beautiful. I enjoyed seeing the connections between the poems and the illustrations, however, I did not necessarily like the white/ blank background many pages. I wish there had been more color that would have conveyed more emotion during the casket carrying scene.
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"Summary
Emily Dickinson’s sister Lavinia found 1,775 poems when she died that she considered letters to the World. Winter’s told Emily’s story of her life from her sister’s prospective and surrounded it with twenty-one of her poems hand picked by Winter. The illustrations are vibrant with and old world feel. The drawings are designed in a manner that can appear to the imagination.

Response
I noticed this book draws you in to poetry my giving reference to the life of the author of the poems. It started with telling how Emily lived and then turn to poetry that the live of the beginning of this world.

Classroom Connection
I would have each student choose one of the illustrations in the book. I would then have them write a poem that will depict the illustration they chose. I will have students read their poem to the class. After each reading there will be a class discussion analyzing the poem to find different meaning in each.

Text Complexity
This book is a 620L Lexile measure with a Guided Reading level J. There is an interest level of Grades K – 2 and DRA level of 16. Students should be able to read this book by themselves during the beginning of 3rd Grade.
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