by Michael Bedard
This book is a fictionalized account of a neighbor girl encountering Emily Dickinson, or "the Myth" as she is known. The girl's mother is invited to play piano at the Dickinson home and she tags along. Through her quick and quiet interaction, the girl realizes that the reclusive Miss Dickinson is a nice woman with a deep poetic nature. Barbara Cooney's folky illustrations capture the time period perfectly and give the book a haunting quality. A nice introduction to Emily Dickinson for older children.