A Brighter Garden
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A Brighter Garden is an illustrated collection of poems by the famous nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson and illustrated by Tasha Tudor.
A Brighter Garden is an illustrated collection of poems by the famous nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson and beautifully illustrated by Tasha Tudor.
No better combination of artist and poet can celebrate nature more aptly than Emily Dickinson and Tasha Tudor.
Ackerman has selected 23 of Dickinson’s works from the almost 2,000 that have been published in order to share Dickinson’s love of nature with today’s children.
About the Author & Illustrator:
Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet who also wrote short stories. She is famous for writing many poems. Researchers know of almost 1,800 poems that she has written to this day. However, she published only a few of them while she was living. Other people changed her unpublished poems before the world could read them. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts and died of nephritis there. People describe her poems as lyrical and unique. See more here.
“Tasha Tudor, one of America’s most beloved author-illustrators of children’s literature, has brought abiding joy to generations of readers. During her lifetime, she wrote and illustrated more than two dozen published texts while her artwork has now appeared in over one hundred different titles and on multitudinous greeting cards. She is justifiably famous and appreciated around the world, for the expressive nature of her exquisite watercolors and pencil drawings (particularly those featuring children) which often convey tranquility as well as gentle humor.” See more here.
A Few Reviews:
“No better combination of artist and poet can celebrate nature more aptly than Emily Dickinson and Tasha Tudor. Ackerman has selected 23 of Dickinson’s works from the almost 2,000 that have been published in order to share Dickinson’s love of nature with today’s children. However, 14 of these poems are excerpts. A note explains that this was done “particularly with children in mind,” but her reasoning is unclear. If her concern is children’s inability to understand the entire poem, it seems more unlikely that they will understand the incomplete thoughts caused by the omissions. The book is divided by seasons; within these sections, the poems celebrate different moments of the day. Each poem, whether segment or entire poem, appears on one page, opposite one of Tudor’s impressionistic paintings set in an oval that captures the spirit of the poem but does not overwhelm it. I’m Nobody! Who Are You? Poems of Emily Dickinson for Children (Stemmer House, 1978) is a collection in which the artwork dominates and at times overwhelms the poetry. Ackerman’s collection is very clear in its focus on the cycle of nature and the day within it. A Letter to the World (Macmillan, 1968; o.p.), compiled by Rumer Godden, is a straightforward collection of 44 of Dickinson’s poems on a wide range of subjects; it lacks the special feeling that has been created by bringing Dickinson and Tudor together in Ackerman’s book. Had each of these poems appeared in its entirety, the celebration would not only have been unique but also complete.” – School Library Journal
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