Reviewed by Emily. Once in a while, while browsing the isles of B&N, I come across a book which causes me, regardless of the stinky carpet, to dump my bag and my butt on the floor and melt into its pages. Jennifer Berne's 'On Wings of Words' - The extraordinary life of Emily Dickinson, is one of those books. Picture book biographer, Jennifer Berne, (who also authored On a Beam of Light - The story of Albert Einstein,) takes us through the story of Dickinson's life in beautiful sensory and lyrical prose, which perfectly rests on the page alongside the hand-wrote words of Dickinson herself - I couldn't help but feel a sense of wonder and weightlessness as I turned the pages of Emily's story - Every day Emily's life rippled with new joys, and swayed with new feelings. It was clear Emily was becoming a person - in many ways like other people - only more so. Her thoughts were deeper. Her desires were stronger. And oh, there was so much that Emily loved. Berne's text carries us expertly through Emily's story, right from her birth through to her death, yet it never feels 'fact-filled' or hurried, but rather it feels like a deep breath. Becca Stadtlander's stunning folk-art style illustration is filled with butterlies and other creatures in flight, which weave their way through the story like a metaphore for the very poetry itself. Simply beautiful. This book is a work of art. Not to be missed. Five stars from me.
The strongest friends of the soul - BOOKS. Emily Dickinson
I love books. Particularly kids books. So this is where I'll tell you about some of my faves. Sometimes two of my favorite people might chip in too. Peter Bailey might chat about YA cos he's all about world building and dragons and stuff. And Esther Bailey might chat about picture books and Middle-grade because that's her groove. They're pretty cool kids. You're going to love them!