Emile and the Field by Kevin Young, Read by the Author
A Poetic Ode to the Natural World
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In a warm voice filled with wonder, poet Kevin Young reads his ode to finding peace and belonging in nature, Emile and the Field. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss the special gift of sharing an audiobook with children. Kevin Young is a celebrated poet, the New Yorker’s poetry editor, and now director of the National Museum of African American Culture in Washington, DC. In this story, Emile is a young boy who falls in love with a field and chronicles its changing seasons as he spends time there. Young listeners should follow along with the picture book to appreciate the illustrations, and to be inspired to seek out their own magical corners of the natural world.
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