Emily and Carlo is a picture book that depicts the beautiful story of unconditional love between the poetess Emily Dickenson and her dog Carlo.
Carlo was gifted to Emily and stayed with her for sixteen years. The otherwise reclusive Emily went on long walks with Carlo, discovering the woods around her house. Marty Rhodes Figley brings forth a shy, introspective young woman with much to say through her words. She write about an endearing friendship between human and canine.
Emily a quiet young person, enjoyed spending time with her sister and brother. When they both leave, Emily feels alone. Her father noticing her loneliness presents her with a Newfoundland pup who she names Carlo.
Emily and Carlo spend many happy times together and he is her constant companion for sixteen years till the time he died. Emily, quiet and reclusive; Carlo, large and bounding; Surely the two made an interesting pair. Carlo listened quietly as his mistress found her poetic voice, encouraging her with his complete faith in her. He led the way through the beautiful countryside, showing Emily a beauty she may have never explored if it were not for Carlo.
Emily was so moved by Carlo’s companionship that on his dying she wrote her famous pithy but powerful lines in which she recounted who the true owner was.
‘Twas my one Glory —
Let it be
I was owned of Thee —