On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson


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$18.99  $17.66
Chronicle Books
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10.2 X 9.8 X 0.6 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Jennifer Berne is the award-winning author of the biographies Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau and On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein. She lives in Copake, New York.

Becca Stadtlander is the illustrator of many children's and young adult publications, including Sleep Tight Farm. She was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky.


"Berne's finely chosen words echo Dickinson's poetic proclivities. Lines from Dickinson's poems punctuate Berne's text, reflecting themes of nature, wonder, and joy. Stadtlander's modern folkloric gouache and watercolor illustrations seamlessly merge realism and fantasy."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Adroitly incorporating language and imagery from Dickinson's poems as well as whole lines and stanzas, the neatly hand-lettered, lyrical text appropriately focuses on how Emily's rich inner life crystallized into her remarkable poetry. Splendid illustrations. Inspired use of the butterfly motif captures the poet's enigmatic spirit. Stunning."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The life of Emily Dickinson is in good hands with picture book biographer Jennifer Berne (On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein) . Becca Stadtlander's detailed, folk art-style illustrations capture Dickinson's world and bring shape to the metaphors Berne employs to signify Dickinson's growth as a poet. On Wings of Words is a reverent tribute to Dickinson's singular contributions to the world of poetry."-BookPage, Starred Review
"With gentle reverence and eloquence, Jennifer Berne introduces young readers to Emily Dickinson in this winsome picture book biography. . . . Much like Dickinson's poems, the rich, detailed illustrations [of Becca Stadtlander] are full of vibrant and improbable life. On Wings of Words is a visually stimulating introduction to an amazing poet."-Shelf Awareness, starred review
"[On Wings of Words] is a lyrical appreciation of Dickinson's skill with words. . . Stadtlander's sumptuous illustrations masterfully blend the historical and the fantastical to showcase Dickinson's surroundings or imagination."-Horn Book Magazine
"[On Wings of Words] illuminates the poet's life and creativity in an accessible way for young poetry enthusiasts. . . . Stadtlander's striking gouache and watercolor illustrations are as dreamy and enigmatic as the subject herself. A fine addition to most biography or poetry collections for libraries in search of resources on Dickinson for young readers."-School Library Journal