May 17, 2013

POETRY FRIDAY: A Poem for Children’s Book Week

It is so much fun for me to see my boys get caught up in great books, and to see their horizons expanding as they read. Of course, one of them is currently campaigning to add Greece and Rome to our itinerary when we visit friends in France next summer…and this is all because of Rick Riordan's series. Not sure if we’ll make it that far south, but I keep reminding him that books are the best travel vehicles around!

When I came across this wonderful poem by Emily Dickinson a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to share it during Children’s Book Week. Dickinson’s poem celebrates the delightful experience of sinking deep into the pages of a book and embarking on a grand adventure—without ever leaving the comfort of our favorite chair:
There is no Frigate like a Book
by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry–
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll–
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul.
Happy Children's Book Week, and Happy Writing!


  1. Thank you for this Becky. Emily D. rules :D

  2. She does rule! The pouch that I keep in my purse to put medicine in has a quote on it from her. =)

    1. She definitely had a lot of great things to say! = )

  3. One of my favorite Dickinson poems! And perfect for the occasion!

  4. Such a lovely poem from the loveliest Emily Dickinson. Thank you for sharing it, Becky!

  5. Dear Becky,
    Thank you for sharing poetry. You have a fun way with words.

    Celebrate you.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards


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