Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

By Author / Illustrator

Emily Dickinson, Tim Hopgood



Age range(s)



Magic Cat Publishing








A beautiful illustrated edition of one of the world's favourite poems, perfect for the youngest readers.

Hope is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

Follow one brave little bird as it flies around the world, giving hope to people everywhere through its beautiful tune. Even a terrible storm can't dampen this little bird - like hope, it continues unabashed, never asking anything from the people who take comfort from it.

This stunning book, illustrated by best-selling artist Tim Hopgood, celebrates Emily Dickinson's poem and makes it accessible for pre-schoolers.

- A hopeful, uplifting read that shows better times are always around the corner
- Champions poetry for young readers, who will love following the bird's journey from spread to spread
- Stunning hardback with gold foil and blue imitation cloth spine
- Perfect for readers aged 4 and up
- Includes the full text of the poem at the end and a biography section about Emily Dickinson



Hope is the Thing with Feathers is a poem written by American poet, Emily Dickinson, and published in 1891. In it, she compares hope to a bird, found singing even in the darkest times, and never asking for a thing in return; a reminder of what a powerful thing hope is.

This is the first in a new series called Picture a Poem from Magic Cat, which uses stunning illustrations to introduce young readers to a world of wonderful poetry. In this book, Tim Hopgood's lively, colourful pictures support understanding of the poem, opening doors for plenty of discussion about Emily Dickinson's words and the power of hope, as well as introducing the idea of metaphor without even mentioning the term!

Children will enjoy spotting the bird on each page, following its travels through the pictures, bravely singing whatever the weather. A short biography of Emily Dickinson is included at the end of the book, offering the perfect starting point for further investigation of her life and work, a brief explanation of the poem and a glossary of some of the terms used.

All of this supports not only a child reading independently, but a parent or teacher who wants to share the poem with their class. The final page shows the poem presented as plain text, allowing the reader to see the lines without illustrations.

Bringing the joy of poetry to younger children in this way is a wonderful idea, a gentle way of familiarising them with poems they are sure to return to, remember and enjoy as they grow. The benefits of a series like this for older children and adults should not be underestimated either. I can't wait for the next title which is to be a poem from Benjamin Zephaniah. ‎

Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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