November 30, 2016
Painting with words
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings
by Matthew Burgess
illustrations by Kris Di Giacomo
"There, as a very little child, I first encountered that mystery who is Nature; here my enormous smallness entered Her illimitable being ..."
E. E. Cummings began creating poetry when he was just a small child. He was often inspired by the natural world he could see outside his bedroom window. The above quote described his feeling after a walk in the woods.
Birds, trees, even elephants meander through the pages of this cheerful picture book, while a variety of fonts dance across them. Combined, they capture the playful essence of e.e.'s poems. It makes for a very friendly book that serves as a good introduction to a unique and inventive poet.