Hope Is the Thing with Feathers

Cameron Kids. (Petite Poems). Mar. 2024. 24p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781951836948.
PreS-Gr 2–In this new addition to the “Petite Poems” collection, Emily Dickinson’s classic is brought to life in vibrant hues. In the beginning, a variety of tiny birds dance across the page, as a young pencil-outlined child collects a dropped feather. The lines of the poem alternate pages, as the child, friends, neighbors, and birds weather rain and wind, but still come out smiling, evoking the spirit of hope explored in the poem. While the vocabulary and language of the poem might be challenging for young readers on their own, Feeney’s illustrations are accessible and easy to follow. The full text of the poem as well as a brief bio appear at the end of the book, along with prompts for readers to think about how hope might manifest in their own lives.
VERDICT An endearing addition to collections where poetry books are popular, or a suitable choice for National Poetry Month.

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