Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Home for Mr. Emerson

A Home for Mr. Emerson
Written by Barbara Kerley
Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
Scholastic Press, 2014. Unpaged picture book biography.

Ralph Waldo Emerson lived a rich life, from his connection with nature to his love of literature. As an adult, he married his sweetheart and moved to the little town of Concord. Here, the couple filled their house with books and friends, and loved to walk in their orchard with their children. In their older years, the family lost their home and all their books to a devastating fire; thanks to the tender care of their neighbors, they were able to recover. I absolutely love the artwork in this book, and how the story is filled with quotes from Emerson. This whimsical biography is a standout, with much to read and see on every page.

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