Emily by Michael Bedard

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In a house surrounded by a hedge lives the reclusive American poet, Emily Dickinson. If strangers call, she runs and hides. People call her "The Myth". The small girl who lives across the road is curious about this strange lady, and one day she gets a chance to meet her.
 

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Barbara Cooney and her twin brother were born on 6 August 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, in the Bossert Hotel. She grew up on Long Island, but spent her summers as a child in Maine. Cooney attended a boarding school as a child. Cooney graduated from Smith College in 1938 and studied lithography and etching at Art Students League in New York. Just one year after graduation, she had her first commission, the illustrations for Ake and His World by Bertil Malmberg. Recalling an earlier trip to Germany before the war and the horrors that she had seen there, she felt compelled to join the Womenżs Army Corps during the summer of 1942. She enrolled in officer training and achieved the rank of second lieutenant, but was honorably discharged the following spring because of marriage pregnancy. The couple bought a farm in Pepperell, Massachusetts where they ran a childrenżs camp during the summer months. By this time, Cooney was illustrating several books a year and wrote one now and then. It was for her adaptation of Chaucerżs The Nun Priestżs Tale that she won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1959. Twenty-one years later, Cooney again won the Caldecott Medal for Ox-Cart Man written by Donald Hall. creation of more than 100 books. Two of her books, (Chanticleer and the Fox, 1958; and Oxcart man, 1979), have been awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal, the highest honor given for illustrated children's books in the United States. In 1993, Ms. Cooney deposited more than 400 pieces of original art from 21 of her books in the Northeastern Children's Literature Collection, a part of the University Libraries' Archives and Special Collections. Works from this collection and from the artist's private collection are shown in this exhibit. Miss Rumphius won the National Book Award in 1983 and inspired the creation of the Maine Library Associationżs Lupine Award. Cooney died on 14 March, 2000 at the age of 83. Her last book was Basket Moon published in September of 1999.
 
Published October 1, 1992 by Lester Pub Ltd. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When mother and child pay their call, Emily flees upstairs to listen to the piano from the landing, where the child joins her for a brief exchange of words and impromptu gifts--the lily bulbs she has brought for a precious bit of paper with a handwritten poem.

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A picture book about what Willa Cather may have experienced as a child when her family moved west.

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In a boxed review, PW compared this fictionalized encounter between Emily Dickinson and a young neighbor to "a Dickinson sonnet, a quiet gem: unassuming upon first glance, it is in fact deeply lustrous, with new facets becoming apparent the longer one looks."

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As in his Emily, Bedard celebrates another legendary female writer, Willa Cather, and focuses on the event she judged most influential upon her writing (according to Bedard)--her move west at age nine to the harsh plains of Nebraska.

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Some of this is on the SCBWI Team Blog, but a lot of these I found on Twitter/ random blogs.Jane YolenWrite Up My Life Berrie GreenLibba BrayBeware of the Hot Pterodactyl Story Makers Libba Bray on Writing Writing as an Extreme Sport Libba Bray on Writing as a Sport Jim Benton - IllustratorCompu...

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