for Emily by Michael Bedard and Barbara Cooney
A small girl, fearful and yet fascinated by the reclusive woman who lives in the yellow house across the street from her, asks to go along with her mother when she is invited to come play the piano for "the Mystery." Although the shy hostess never shows herself during their visit, the child creeps up the stairs and encounters her sitting on a chair in the upstairs corridor. A lyrical story, based on an imagined meeting between Emily Dickinson and a neighbor child, is exquisitely illustrated with softly textured acrylic and pastel paintings on China silk. (Ages 5-8)
CCBC Choices 1992. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1992. Used with permission.
In a yellow house in Massachusetts, lives a woman who hasn't ventured out in 20 years. The young girl across the street knows her reclusive friend as the American poet Emily Dickinson. Cooney's detailed oil paintings enhance Bedard's moving portrait of Dickinson's extraordinary private world.
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