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Review: Miss Emily

April 26, 2014

Miss Emily

Mac, Sally, Ned, and Mattie are excited to receive an invitation from Miss Emily because they know an adventure is in store for them.  They rush to her home and she tells them the circus is coming to town.  She plans for them all to greet the train and see the circus.  Things don’t turn out exactly as she planned but everyone has fun and learns a thing or two.

Miss Emily by Burleigh Mutén shows the lighthearted side of poet Emily Dickinson by sending her on an adventure with her real life niece and nephew and young neighbors.  I thought the story was delightful and loved the way it showed the mischievous side of the great poet.  When things don’t go as she planned, Miss Emily takes the blame and comes up with another plan that is even more fun!

Written in free verse, Miss Emily includes a note and a poem by Dickinson and includes historical notes on the characters in the back.  Mutén also includes a introduction and a bibliography.  Matt Phelan‘s beautiful illustrations enhance the story.  This is a wonderful introduction to poetry and a great American poet for young readers.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2014 6:35 am

    Great choice for poetry month!

  2. April 26, 2014 9:17 am

    Love the sound of this! So is this based on a real story or just fiction based on real characters?

  3. April 26, 2014 9:49 am

    This sounds like one my daughter would like! I am guessing it is a chapter book?

  4. April 26, 2014 9:53 am

    Sounds ideal for the younger ones.

  5. lab1990 permalink
    April 26, 2014 10:31 am

    This sounds cute! i like that it’s written in free verse

    lauren from

  6. April 26, 2014 1:11 pm

    I Know just the young lady who would like this story, thanks!

  7. Patty permalink
    April 26, 2014 4:54 pm

    It sounds so sweet!

  8. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 26, 2014 7:09 pm

    What fun! I had no idea.

  9. April 26, 2014 8:55 pm

    I love the sound of this book about Emily Dickinson. Very clever approach!

  10. April 26, 2014 8:57 pm

    how interesting.

  11. April 27, 2014 1:49 pm

    I can’t wait to read this one!

  12. April 27, 2014 1:56 pm

    this really does sound lovely. you are so lucky to find such great books to read 🙂

  13. April 27, 2014 5:06 pm

    Miss Emily sounds like a sweet one!

  14. April 28, 2014 12:57 am

    I see two things that Gage would love – circus and train. I’ll have to see if our library has it.

  15. bookingmama permalink
    April 28, 2014 3:07 pm

    Love the idea of this… and love Mr. Phelan’s illustrations.

  16. April 30, 2014 10:14 am

    Yay! Great post for National Poetry Month. I’m always looking for ways to get my kids excited about poetry- this sounds like a fun book to have. Thanks for the recommendation.

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