Starflower: The Making of a Poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay

by J M Farkas (Author) Jasmin Dwyer (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A lyrical picture book biography about American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay's childhood and the two sisters who inspired her

Good things come in threes, like peas like wishes like sisters.

Vincent--American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay--began writing and publishing poetry as a child. She grew up in coastal Maine with her two sisters and plenty of books, music, and nature, but often without parents--her father left home when they were young, and her mother, a nurse, traveled for months at a time to support them.

Vincent and her two sisters often had to fiercely fend for themselves, from the daily to-do lists of keeping house, through bitterly cold winters and blight, which proved to be good fodder for indoor and outdoor adventures alike--and for poetry.

Gorgeously illustrated by Jasmin Dwyer, Starflower is a poetic picture book biography as fiery and unconventional as Vincent herself.

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Kirkus Reviews

An often lilting celebration of the poet's early anchors and incipient artistic voyaging.

Review quotes

J M Farkas
J. M. Farkas is a poet and an author whose books include Mermaid: Or How to Find Love Underwater, a blackout poetry version of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," published by Cameron Kids. She lives in New York.
Emily Vizzo is a published author and educator whose work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the North American Review, and Blackbird, among many others. Starflower is her first book with Cameron Kids.
Jasmin Dwyer is a fine artist and illustrator originally from Australia. She currently lives in London. Starflower is her debut picture book.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Cameron Kids
Publication date
April 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JNF042000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | General
JNF007030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Literary
JNF019070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Family | Siblings
Library of Congress categories
Childhood and youth
Picture books
20th century
Poets, American
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiograp
Women poets, American
Millay, Edna St. Vincent

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