Enormous Smallness

Enormous Smallness

A Story of E. E. Cummings

Book - 2015
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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

Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Enchanted Lion Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781592701711
Branch Call Number: j B CUMMINGS BURGESS
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: DiGiacomo, Kris - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Story of E.E. Cummings


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Oct 20, 2018

I very much liked cummings when I was in school many years ago - interesting to read this illustrated story of how he began writing his poetry.

May 01, 2017

AR Reading Level- 5.2
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E. E. Cummings started experimenting with words and pictures as a young boy, making up poems before he could even write. He studied hard and wrote as often as he could, and when he was older he began to write in a very new and exciting way with lowercase letters where capitals normally go and with playful punctuation. Some people didn’t like his writing, but soon he became one of the most beloved American poets for his surprising and imaginative style. Many of his actual poems fill this book and this rhyming biography is written in a similar manner to his own poetry with a playful use of words and pictures.

Nov 11, 2016

This is a delightful picture book about a famous poet. The author emulates cummings as he experiments with language and punctuation throughout the book. Good read-along book during a poetry lesson.


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