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Emily and Carlo    by Marty Rhodes Figley & Catherine Stock order for
Emily and Carlo
by Marty Rhodes Figley
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Charlesbridge, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

You may be familiar with Emily Dickinson and the wonderful poetry she wrote, but did you know she had a constant companion? Carlo, a large Newfoundland dog, was given to the young girl when he was just a puppy.
Together, Emily and Carlo made quite a pair as they explored together around the girl's New England home.

Not only does this picture book present the long relationship between Emily and her shaggy ally but it also offers snippets of her poetry.

'I talk of all these things with Carlo, and his eyes grow
Meaning, and his shaggy feet keep a slower pace,

The two good friends grew old together but Carlo passed away before his mistress did. 'Emily missed her best friend. Carlo was her only dog for sixteen years. She never had another.'

Nicely illustrated, this book would be a good way to introduce a young reader to Emily Dickinson. From a discussion of the relationship between Emily and Carlo you could branch out into reading some of Dickinson's complete poems. A trip to New England might also include a stop at Amherst and the Dickinson homestead.

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