Hope Is the Thing with Feathers (Picture-A-Poem)

by Emily Dickinson (Author) Tim Hopgood (Illustrator)

Hope Is the Thing with Feathers (Picture-A-Poem)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Picture-A-Poem

Emily Dickinson's beloved poem is beautifully brought to life by bestselling artist Tim Hopgood in this beautiful picture book that champions poetry and shows that, even in the darkest times, there is always hope.

In Hope is the Thing with Feathers, readers follow the story of a little bird who brings joy to everyone through his song. When a storm hits, the little bird's song is diminished, but he never gives up, and when the storm passes he is there to give joy again as people rebuild.

Backmatter includes information on Emily Dickinson, as well as an activity idea for budding poets.

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A wide-eyed child peers out her window at a small brown bird trilling on a tree limb. "HOPE is the thing with feathers," begins the story, "That perches in the soul." As Dickinson's tight language dances across the pages, the bird takes flight and travels through gentle rain and then gales before emerging in sunshine to land upon a branch before the child at the poem's end. As with his expressive interpretation of song lyrics in What a Wonderful World, by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss (2015), illustrator Hopgood (My Big Book of Outdoors, 2022) brings movement and a child-centered framework to adult text. The warm palette of the artwork conveys its optimism, and softly edged pencil, chalk, and ink images feature the singing bird moving resolutely forward. A brief biography of Dickinson and exposition of the poem are accompanied by a glossary and activity in the back matter, along with the poem in its entirety. This artistic interpretation breathes fresh life into a moving and familiar metaphor and is well suited for home and library enjoyment.

Kit Ballenger

Emily Dickinson
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Little-known during her life, she has since been regarded as one of the most important figures in American poetry. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, into a prominent family with strong ties to its community. Tim Hopgood is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include What a Wonderful World, a picture book version of the song made famous by Louis Armstrong. Tim Hopgood lives in Yorkshire, England.
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Paw Prints Publishing
Publication date
March 20, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV070000 - Juvenile Fiction | Poetry (see also Stories in Verse)
Library of Congress categories

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