Emily and Carlo by Marty Rhodes Figley

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When Emily Dickinson was given a puppy by her father, the two were instant best friends. She named him Carlo, after a dog in one of her favorite books, and she delighted in the growing dog’s antics. Carlo, a Newfoundland (and possibly part Saint Bernard), grew to a rather large size and was full of energy. He loved his adventures with Emily. They were an odd pair—a tiny woman and a large, galumphing dog. But they were devoted to one another. Carlo gave Emily confidence to wander and explore the woods and hills near her home, and he listened to her stories and poems. This touching story—delightfully illustrated by Catherine Stock—gives a new insight into the life of the famed reclusive poet of Amherst, Massachusetts. Learning of her close friendship and love for Carlo sheds a new light on the thoughts and feelings of a woman believed to be lonely. Carlo is present in much of her poetry, and readers learn of a woman of charm and wit who loved her constant companion.
 

About Marty Rhodes Figley

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Marty Rhodes Figley is the author of several books for young readers, including Prisoner for Liberty and Washington is Burning. She is a member of the Emily Dickinson International Society. Her academic paper on Emily and Carlo was presented at the 2004 EDIS conference and was published in the November 2005 issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal. She lives in Annandale, Virginia.Catherine Stock is the illustrator of After the Kill, Vinnie and Abraham, and the popular Gus and Grandpa series, among many other books for children. She divides her time between New York and France.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Charlesbridge. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“I started early, took my dog, / And visited the sea.” They were a couple, surely—they shared sweeps of time, they endured separations, they went calling—and when the end came for Carlo, Dickinson did not dodge the sting: “ ’Twas my one glory— / Let it be / Remembered / I was owned of thee.” And ...

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“The lyrical text and colorful illustrations of Emily and Carlo will capture the hearts of young picture book readers.”

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The author uses Emily’s own words to describe her love for her companion: “I talk of all these things with Carlo, and his eyes grow meaning, and his shaggy feet keep a slower pace.” “I talk of all these things with Carlo, and his eyes grow meaning, and his shaggy feet keep a slower pace.” For m...

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When a wealthy boy with a heart for justice and an eye for Mike moves to town, she becomes wrapped up in a robin hood romance of robbing the rich to give to the poor.

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