Enormous Smallness: A Story of e. e. cummings (Hardcover)

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By Matthew Burgess, Kris Di Giacomo (Illustrator)
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Once there was a small boy who loved to look out of his bedroom window and gaze at the huge world outside.  He would often write poems about what he saw.  He had a very large imagination and he loved words and his mother even wrote down some of his first poems.  He grew up, went to college, moved to New York City, went to World War I, and then came home to New York City.  All along he marveled at the world's beauty and he wrote and published poems.  Some of those poems were  experimental and  unconventional in form and style.  Many readers were critical.  In time, however, people came to see the beauty of E.E.'s poetry and he became a nationally beloved poet.  This book is filled with poems and words and letters and drawings all about this one small man and it will appeal to kids and adults enormously. ~ Kate Brasch, a Tattered Cover book buyer & children's literature expert

— Heather Duncan is the marketing director for all TC stores & an avid reader across genres

Description


Enormous Smallness is a nonfiction picture book about the poet E.E. cummings. Here E.E.'s life is presented in a way that will make children curious about him and will lead them to play with words and ask plenty of questions as well. Lively and informative, the book also presents some of Cummings's most wonderful poems, integrating them seamlessly into the story to give the reader the music of his voice and a spirited, sensitive introduction to his poetry.

In keeping with the epigraph of the book -- "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are," Matthew Burgess's narrative emphasizes the bravery it takes to follow one's own vision and the encouragement E.E. received to do just that.

Matthew Burgess teaches creative writing and composition at Brooklyn College. He is also a writer-in-residence with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, leading poetry workshops in early elementary classrooms since 2001. He was awarded a MacArthur Scholarship while working on his MFA, and he received a grant from The Fund for Poetry. Matthew's poems and essays have appeared in various journals, and his debut collection, Slippers for Elsewhere, was published by UpSet Press. His doctoral dissertation explores childhood spaces in twentieth century autobiography, and he completed his PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center in June 2014.

Kris Di Giacomo is an American who has lived in France since childhood. She has illustrated over twenty-five books for French publishers, which have been translated into many languages. This is her sixth book to be published by Enchanted Lion Books. The others are My Dad Is Big And Strong, But . . . , Brief Thief, Me First , The Day I Lost My Superpowers, and

About the Author


Kris Di Giacomo is an American who has lived in France since childhood. She has illustrated over 25 books for French publishers, which have been translated into many languages. Five of her books have already been published by Enchanted Lion.

Matthew Burgess teaches creative writing and composition at Brooklyn College.

He is also a writer- in- residence with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, leading

poetry workshops in early elementary classrooms since 2001. He was awarded

a MacArthur Scholarship while working on his MFA, and he received a grant

from The Fund for Poetry. Matthew's poems and essays have appeared in various

journals, and his debut collection, Slippers for Elsewhere, was published by

UpSet Press. His doctoral dissertation explores childhood spaces in twentieth

century autobiography, and he completed his PhD at the CUNY Graduate

Center in June 2014.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781592701711
ISBN-10: 159270171X
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Pages: 64
Language: English