Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Home for Mr. Emerson

Here's a nice companion piece to The Trouble With Henry (since Emerson and Thoreau were friends).  Filled with his original quotes, this large picture book tells the story of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  We learned about his wife, Lydia, his family, his home in Concord and his beloved library.  It's a condensed version of course, touching on the fire that destroyed his home and his trip to Europe with his daughter, and scattered throughout are bits of his philosophy.  I like that the last page has a interactive section encouraging children to "build a world of their own" by exploring and contemplating some of Emerson's thoughts.

 Barbara Kerley
illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham


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