Grant Funded Program
Poems that Grew from a "Spreading Chestnut Tree"
Speaker: Sydelle Pearl
Location and Time: Maine Historical Society, Portland, ME, 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Maine Historical Society
Join Maine Historical 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.
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.