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A river of words : the story of William Carlos Williams / written by Jen Bryant ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

By: Bryant, Jennifer.
Contributor(s): Sweet, Melissa, 1956- [ill.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2008Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.ISBN: 9780802853028 (alk. paper); 0802853021 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature | Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Physicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literatureGenre/Form: Children's poetry -- 2008.DDC classification: 811/.52 | B LOC classification: PS3545.I544 | Z5823 2008Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, 2009. | Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009.Summary: From the Publisher: A Junior Library Guild Selection. Willie loved to write-words gave him freedom and peace. But he also knew that he needed to earn a living, so when he grew up he went off to medical school and became a doctor-one of the busiest men in town! Yet he never stopped writing. In this picture book biography of poet William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryant's engaging prose and Melissa Sweet's stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate the amazing man whose poems about ordinary, everyday things will inspire young readers to create poems of their own.
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From the Publisher: A Junior Library Guild Selection. Willie loved to write-words gave him freedom and peace. But he also knew that he needed to earn a living, so when he grew up he went off to medical school and became a doctor-one of the busiest men in town! Yet he never stopped writing. In this picture book biography of poet William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryant's engaging prose and Melissa Sweet's stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate the amazing man whose poems about ordinary, everyday things will inspire young readers to create poems of their own.

Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning LG 4.6 0.5.

Caldecott Honor Book, 2009.

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009.

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Gr 3-6-This stunning picture-book biography combines a lyrical text with wonderfully creative mixed-media illustrations in an impressive and personable homage to an extraordinary and accomplished man. Bryant's poetic writing-"Gurgle, gurgle-swish, swish, swoosh.... The water went slipping and sliding over the smooth rocks, then poured in a torrent over the falls, then quieted again below"-describes beautifully how, as a child, Williams would lie peacefully by the Passaic River, listening to the sounds of the water; he appreciated nature and the ordinary experiences of life. Book pages form a background for some of the illustrations and prescription pads become the paper for the doctor's poetic scribbling. A lovely spread shows a display of constellations while in the foreground, the poet sits framed in the light of an attic window, with one of his poems about a night sky laid out on a book cover. Williams's poems, which appear in the book in a variety of colors and fonts as part of the art, are highlighted in uniform type with standard line breaks on the inside cover pages. A time line of his life juxtaposed with a list of world events, a brief author's note about his significance as a poet, and an illustrator's note that explains how Sweet researched the project are appended.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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