Cover image for A Home for Mr. Emerson
Title:
A Home for Mr. Emerson
Author:
Kerley, Barbara, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Scholastic Press, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
46 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 32 cm
Summary:
Before Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great writer, he was a city boy who longed for the broad, open fields and deep, still woods of the country, and then a young man who treasured books, ideas, and people. When he grew up and set out in the world, he wondered, could he build a life around these things he loved? This biography illustrates the rewards of a life well-lived, one built around personal passions: creativity and community, nature and friendship.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.0 0.5 165263.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.4 2 Quiz: 62525.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780545350884
Format :
Book

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A joyful portrait of an iconic writer and an inspiring blueprint for how to live your life.

Before Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great writer, he was a city boy who longed for the broad, open fields and deep, still woods of the country, and then a young man who treasured books, ideas, and people. When he grew up and set out in theworld, he wondered, could he build a life around these things he loved?

This moving biography - presented with Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham's inimitable grace and style - illustrates the rewards of a life well-lived, one built around personal passions: creativity and community, nature and friendship.


Author Notes

BARBARA KERLEY 's award-winning biographies - including What to do About Alice? , The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) , The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins , and Walt Whitman: Words for America - are consistently praised. You can learn more about her online at www.barbarakerley.com .

EDWIN FOTHERINGHAM has illustrated several award-winning picture book biographies by Barbara Kerley. He is also the illustrator of Shana Corey's Mermaid Queen and Pam Munoz Ryan's Tony Baloney . Edwin lives in Seattle, Washington. You can learn more about him online at www.edfotheringham.com .


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Booklist Review

Kerley and Fotheringham are known for their upbeat picture books about famous historical figures. This work about Ralph Waldo Emerson someone who is probably not known to many children is a tale of deep love for his home and community in Concord, Massachusetts. After a fire destroys Emerson's house, neighbors rally around him, returning some of the generosity and affection received from his family over the years. This has the same format and style of Kerley and Fotheringham's earlier works, with colorful illustrations featuring cartoon-style figures in a pleasing, open layout. The brief text focuses on the story of Emerson's community life and doesn't bother much with why he was famous, which works well for the storytelling even as it may leave some readers wondering just who he was. Some of his famous quotes are placed in the endpapers and woven into the story. Back matter includes a helpful author's note and a page of suggestions to encourage readers to examine their own lives and values.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The team behind What to Do About Alice?, The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), and Those Rebels, John & Tom continue their tradition of excellent and exuberant studies of historical figures with a theatrical story about writer Ralph Waldo Emerson's relationship with his beloved Concord, Mass., home and community. Fotheringham pours visual variety onto the pages: in one image, Emerson contentedly reads while encircled by a whirlwind of books; on an especially powerful wordless spread, Emerson stands in shadow before the burning ruins of his estate, which caught fire in 1872. Well-sourced quotations appear throughout the story (and fill the endpapers), both contextualizing Emerson's life and standing as testament to the value of an open mind and a generous heart. Appended materials offer additional details about Emerson and encourage readers to "choose the life you create for yourself," as he did. Ages 8-12. Illustrator's agent: Pat Hackett. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-This introduction to the life of Ralph Waldo Emerson will help readers begin to understand the thoughts and values of this great American thinker. Emerson grows up in Boston, but yearns to make a life closer to nature where he can surround himself with books and friends. He finds a perfect home in Concord, Massachusetts, where he and his wife raise a family. Emerson eagerly becomes a part of the community, even playing the role of hog reeve, gathering up the town's runaway pigs. After collecting his thoughts in journals, Emerson begins traveling across the country to lecture, attracting visitors from around the world to his doorstep. A house fire later in his life devastates Emerson, but allows the town to demonstrate their affection for him as they rebuild his home. Emerson, who is likely little known to younger students, is brought to life in an approachable biography. The colorful depictions of Emerson are warm, cheerful, and full of movement. Children will love the cartoonlike illustrations that make Emerson seem like a superhero as he dives into oversized books and flies through the sky on another giant tome. Quotes from his writings are liberally used to illuminate moments of his life, allowing readers to get to know the man through his own words. The author's note provides further information about Emerson and his philosophy of thought. An eye-catching, kid-friendly biography that is a wonderful addition to any collection.-Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.