Friday, February 21, 2014

A Home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fortheringham

$18.99 Hardback
Scholastic Press
About the book:
"All life is an experiment.
The more
experiments you make
the better."

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 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.

May it inspire you to experiment and build the life you dream of living. 

Review: This is a beautifully written and illustrated biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson written with the very young child in mind. It is of value to begin introducing young children to people and authors of note at a young age. But it must be done in a manner that is appealing and not boring. 

Inside the front cover are quotes in "squares" of varying colors and type. "Love the day. Do not leave the sky out of your landscape." "Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience." "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." And one of the best..... "The only way to have a friend is to be one."

This picture book focuses on Emerson's desire to have the home in adult life that he never had as a child. He achieves this with his wife and delights in ownership and enjoyment of its merits. His home is eventually lost, but he was so loved by those in his little town, that they eventually rebuilt it for him. And Mr. Emerson was home. 

The book has life-living lessons as well as lessons in caring for others. 

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary gallery of this book was provided for the purpose of our review by Scholastic Press. Opinions expressed are solely our own. No compensation was received for this review.


  1. This book sounds fantastic, I have seen it a few times in reviews and have wondered about it. Thank so much for sharing your thoughts on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  2. Love the idea behind the book. Emerson sure does have so many memorable quotes attributed to him - very inspirational. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


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