Fourth grader Billy sneaks letters from his classmates to Emily Dickinson, a famous poet who lived in the 19th century, into a secret time machine. She writes back! Together the class shares thoughts on poetry, their lives and even cookies and black cake. Emily Dickinson comes alive in this captivating book for all ages. PRAISE FOR DEAR EMILY, DEAR EMILY, a creative and innovative introduction to one of our greatest American poets. What middle school student doesn’t love fantasy and the adventure of traveling back in time?
—Patricia Kornreich, past nominee for teacher of the year, Penobscot, ME.
Gerard, Emily Dickinson and my creative 4th grade class…a touching, clever combination! Sure to be a hit with enthusiastic educators of the language arts, this book’s unique approach captures Dickinson’s spirit and writing beautifully.
—Joanne Pappaceno-Bider, M.Ed., North Beverly Elementary School, Beverly, MA
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR I discovered Emily Dickinson while obtaining my BA at Goddard College at Montpelier in Vermont. Prior to Goddard I completed a writing for children program through the Institution of Children’s Literature. Once in love with Dickinson poetry I wanted to share her love of poetry with children. But how? While running one brisk morning an idea hit me, why not have the children speak to Dickinson themselves? I shared this idea with my daughter’s fourth grade teacher, Joanne Bider, at the North Beverly Elementary School in Beverly, Massachusetts. She invited me to her class to share Dickinson poems, the history of her time and drafts of Dear Emily. I also received input from fifth and sixth grade teachers. The teachers and students completed surveys I prepared on drafts of Dear Emily. Surprisingly, students liked Dickinson’s “big words.” My short time with these energetic, eager to learn students and dedicated teachers encouraged me to complete Dear Emily. After reading three volumes of letters written by Dickinson, I developed her persona and hopefully captivated the essence of her letter writing. I learned she loved children. I think she would be pleased that youngsters are now exploring her poetry. I served as editor for The Scanner, a newsletter for a large specialty hospital, in Buraidah, KSA. I have written non-fiction articles for local papers. I love writing letters. This is good as I write many letters as a certified legal nurse consultant in a Maine law firm. The author can be contacted at email@example.com