Poems that Grew from a "Spreading Chestnut Tree"

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Speaker: Sydelle Pearl

Join us for a family-friendly, late springtime event in the Longfellow Garden. Author Sydelle Pearl will share how she was inspired to write her new biography Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters to and from the Children's Poet. Follow her research journey to discover the story behind a special gift made for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by the children of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to celebrate the poet's 72nd birthday.

"Longfellow's poetry has long had special appeal to children," says Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. "This delightful book documents the special bond between the poet and his young readers during his lifetime and how that enthusiasm for his work continues to this day."

Sydelle Pearl is the author of Elijah's Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays, Books for Children of the World: The Story of Jella Lepman, and Hope Somewhere in America: The Story of a Child, a Painting, and a President. A former children's librarian, Pearl has been a professional storyteller for 20 years. She gives presentations at schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals. For more information, visit her website at www.storypearls.com.