My Letter to the World and Other Poems

Emily Dickinson
Isabelle Arsenault

Visions in Poetry is an innovative and award-winning series of classic poems reinterpreted for today's readers by outstanding contemporary artists in distinctively beautiful editions.

This is My Letter to the World and Other Poems by Emily Dickinson is brilliantly illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. The artist's interpretation displays a rich understanding of Dickinson's poetry, which is known for its economy, unexpected imagery and hauntingly personal point of view.

Arsenault has created a subtle meditation on Dickinson's life and its intersection with her verse. In the dream-like illustrations, the poet --- sometimes serene, often sad and always enigmatic --- is an omnipresent figure in her ghostly white dress. Dickinson's “letters,” the words she left to the world, have found their ideal visual complement.

978-1-55453-339-8 | Sep 1, 2008
List Price: USD $9.95, CAD $9.95
4-color 5 1/2 x 9 1/4 48 pages
Grades: 5 To 9 / Ages: 10 to 14

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Awards & Reviews

“Kids Can Press' valuable "Visions in Poetry" series is an elegant introduction to the work ... I was struck by the power of Isabelle Arsenault's haunting and expressive visual interpretations”
— New York Times, November 2008
“Arsenault's masterful mixed media illustrations reflect the book's mood.”
— School Library Journal, November 2008
“This slender volume offers seven of Dickinson's haunting, ethereal ... poems, accompanied by Arsenault's appropriately delicate, intriguing mixed-media illustrations.”
— Kirkus Reviews, August 2008
“... a true gem. ... makes a wonderful addition to any collection of quality literature. Be sure to add it to your own collection.”
— CM Magazine, October 2008
2009 - Children's Choices, International Reading Association, Winner
2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2008 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Short-listed

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