Emily and Carlo
Marty Rhodes Figley & Catherine Stock
Charlesbridge, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ou 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.
ot 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,
he 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.
icely 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
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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