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About the Author

Ryan G. Van Cleave wrote his first poem at age five, and he’s been writing, reading, and loving poetry ever since. He earned a Ph.D. in American Literature with an emphasis in poetry and has taught at numerous colleges and universities. Currently, he runs the creative writing major at Ringling College of Art and Design. As The Picture Book Whisperer, he helps celebrities and high-profile clients write picture books and kidlit projects.

Additional information

Publisher ‏

‎ Bushel & Peck; Illustrated edition (1 July 2022)

Language ‏

‎ English

Hardcover ‏

‎ 64 pages

ISBN-10 ‏

‎ 1638191077

ISBN-13 ‏

‎ 978-1638191070

Reading age ‏

‎ 7 – 10 years

Dimensions ‏

‎ 22.86 x 1.27 x 27.94 cm

7 reviews for The Illustrated Emily Dickinson: 25 Essential Poems: 1   Import  Single ASIN  Import  Muleiple ASIN ×Product customization

  1. Glynn Young

    Emily Dickinson for children – and adults
    Ryan Van Cleave has a passion for writing, his own and that of others. He’s a writing coach. He’s a teacher and writing program coordinator. He’s a speaker. He’s written and produced a number of children’s books about poetry, like “The Illustrated Emily Dickinson.”It’s an oversized, colorful book, likely aimed at ages 5 to 9. It includes what Van Cleave calls “25 essential poems” by Dickinson. The poems include some of the poet’s best-known works – “Success is counted sweetest,” “Because I could not stop for death,” “I never saw a Moor,” and “A Light exists in Spring.”Van Cleave doesn’t simply reprint the poems. The book is designed to introduce children to poetry and to Emily Dickinson. Each poem is accompanied by three questions about the poem itself, and then a more open-ended question that asks the reader to imagine something based on the poem. And certain words in the poem are highlighted and then defined in a sidebar.Here’s an example, from “A Light exists in Spring”:A Light exists in SpringNot present on the YearAt any other period —When March is scarcely hereA Color stands abroadOn Solitary FieldsThat Science cannot overtakeBut Human Nature feels.It waits upon the Lawn,It shows the furthest TreeUpon the furthest Slope you knowIt almost speaks to you.Then as Horizons stepOr Noons report awayWithout the Formula of soundIt passes and we stay —A quality of lossAffecting our ContentAs Trade had suddenly encroachedUpon a Sacrament.The questions asked are why include scientific and religious references in a poem about nature, and what else is lost when the light goes away. The “imagine” question is, “If this poem were edible, what would it taste like?” The two highlighted words that are defined are “encroached” and “Sacrament.”The book also includes “Ten Things to Know About Emily Dickinson,” a short commentary on each of the poems, references for additional reading, and a bibliography.While the language is simple enough for a young reader to read it alone, the book seems designed for an older reader to read it with the child. And while the emphasis is on the text, each poem is accompanied by a delightful collage-like illustration that’s as engaging as the poem itself. The initial simplicity of Dickinson’s poems seems almost designed for both reading aloud to a younger or beginning reader and imaginative illustrations.Van Cleave leads the creative writing major at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He’s also the Picture Book Whisperer ™, helping celebrities write and sell children’s books. His clients have included Olympic medal winners, NFL players, Hollywood actors, and TV personalities. He’s written a number of books on writing and video games, textbooks, poetry anthologies, his own poetry, and illustrated editions of the poems of Robert Frost and Lewis Carroll.My own grandchildren are likely past, or just past, the age of sitting still (or not rolling their eyes) while their grandfather reads stories or poems to them. They would have liked “The Illustrated Emily Dickinson.” Their grandfather has reached the age, however, where he can thoroughly enjoy it.

  2. Amazon Customer

    An absolute treasure of a book!
    I didn’t know it was juvenile fiction but was extremely pleased with the beauty of the book, the large size, the beautiful illustrations and the thinking prompts at the side which included definitions for some of the vocabulary on words we don’t traditionally hear in common language. Such a beautiful book! Worth the price and highly recommend! I’m going to look at purchasing the Robert Frost version.

  3. JG

    A beautifully illustrated collection of poems
    I bought this for may daughter as one of her 8th birthday presents. She enjoys poetry and was delighted with this collection of Emily Dickinson and finds it a real treasure. The book has the most beautiful illustrations and each poem comes with discussion questions and explanations of the more tricky to understand words, which is a great idea and helps you to ponder and linger over the poem for longer. Both my daughters have enjoyed this book, as have I and I would highly recommend it as a gift for a poetry lover.

  4. Yvanda Gillespie

    What a wonderful book!! The illustrations and the way Emily Dickinson’s poems are shown in this format is amazing. An inspiring concept to introduce Emily’s poems to the reader with interesting questions and analysis. Gives the reader a sense of better understanding into the writings of Emily.

  5. Gayla Bingham

    A Beautiful Book!
    It is a very beautifully illustrated book of poems by Emily Dickinson with prompts for thought that a teacher or book club could use for discussion.I was very pleased with it.

  6. Jean Crockett

    Packaging faulty
    I’m concerned that the Amazon packaging/shipping has been so poor on recent items I have ordered. In this case, the beautiful book arrived with discoloration on the front cover as well as a bent corner. I’m disappointed on Amazon’s quality control lately.

  7. europa wallner

    Beautiful thoughtful illustrations
    I like the book, it’s beautifully illustrated but I wish it were a bit longer, with more poems.

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