Papa is a Poet
A Story About Robert Frost
by Natalie S. Bober
illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
Henry Holt & Co.
Robert Frost was one of the finest voices in 20th Century American Literature. Author Natalie Bober has adapted her biography, A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost, and the personal journal of his daughter Lesley, into a beautifully illustrated storybook. Told from Lesley’s point of view, Robert was a poultry farmer and the family cupboards were often bare, but life was filled to the brim. Lesley and her siblings were homeschooled; learning, working, and exploring together with books read to them every night. They studied the stars with a telescope Robert had won by selling magazine subscriptions as a boy. He taught her to type on his typewriter at the young age of 3, to form words by 4, and to begin writing stories by 5 years old. She and her siblings wrote stories and poems which were typed, bound, and named “The Bouquet.”
Riddled with financial troubles and a feeling that he was a disappointment, Frost moved the family moved to England where he could lose himself and write as a stranger. They returned to America to find a review of a book with his poems, North of Boston, printed in a magazine – an American publisher wanted to pay him for his work! He became well known as a poet who makes music out of words while hearing melodies everywhere.
The Author’s Note states that it was in England, at the turn of the 20th Century, where writer Robert Frost wrote many of his famous poems about Derry Farm in New Hampshire. He described his years near Derry Village as “the core of all his writing.” Quotations and Poems written by Robert Frost are included in the supplemental material.
This title is recommended for children 4 years and up.
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University of Delaware