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Emily and Carlo Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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What better way to introduce kids to Emily Dickinson than via her dog, Carlo—a floppy, drooly Newfoundland? This fresh approach focuses on the relationship between the two, and the short narrative is punctuated with well-sourced quotes that reflect her thoughts. For example: “The Dog is the noblest work of Art . . . his mistress’ rights he doth defend—.” Together, this unlikely pair roams the woods and pond around Amherst: “The Frogs sing sweet today— / they have such pretty, lazy times— / how nice to be a frog!” Stock’s fluid watercolor illustrations create a fitting atmosphere, with lush surroundings that invigorate the scenes with warmth. Emily’s white clothing always contrasts dramatically with Carlo’s black coat. A closing note tells how Carlo, who lived to be 16, was Emily’s only dog, and he was not only an integral part of her life but a creative inspiration as well. Further back matter includes sources of quotations and additional information about Emily’s life. A memorable introduction to an important poet. Grades 2-4. --Julie Cummins
Emily Dickinson did have a love interest. His name was Carlo. He was a dog, a Newfoundland, a great, slobbering, shaggy mess of a creature, which undercuts any notions of primness modern readers may harbor of Miss Dickinson. As Figley draws forth their gathering affection, she reveals important aspects of Dickinson's relationship to the world, her deep-running shyness that led to a reclusive life. But her time with Carlo, some 16 years, was full of beauty and meaning, as expertly coaxed from her poems and letters. The path to her brother's house, "just wide enough for two who love"; "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 if a moodiness still pervades the proceedings, something blue, the tone is lifted by Stock's watercolors, which are as drenched in color as a sun room painted by Childe Hassam. A pleasing little window into Dickinson's life and an invitation to learn more about the fresh-breathed poet from Amherst. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)
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Definitely happy with the purchase and highly recommend it!
When I put the cover on correctly - inner and dust cover - the book is printed upside down! Since this is the second of three of these I have ordered, I hope that the third book does not suffer from this problem, as it is a gift for my best friend. I have had 5 Newfoundlands in my lifetime; my friend is an Emily Dickinson freak who thinks I should get smaller dogs - HA.
Please make this right.
The illustrations are perfect --ethereal, charming and quiet. I was completely taken with this lovely book and purchased it for my personal library. Recommended for the entire family.