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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

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When he wrote poems, he felt as free as the Passaic River as it rushed to the falls. Willie's notebooks filled up, one after another. Willie's words gave him freedom and peace, but he also knew he needed to earn a living. So he went off to medical school and became a doctor 2; one of the busiest men in town! Yet he never stopped writing poetry. In this picture book biography of William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryant's engaging prose and Melissa Sweet's stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate the amazing man who found a way to earn a living and to honor his calling to be a poet.
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
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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.
Jen Bryant teaches Children's Literature at West Chester University. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She is currently at work on her next novel, which will be published by Knopf in 2008.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, September, 2008"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." Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, July 2008"With plain words, appropriate to the style of this master of clear and precisely worded poetry, and brilliant images, Bryant and Sweet introduce Williams and his poetry in a fresh, accessible way. It is entirely possible that this offering will not only acquaint readers with the man and his poetry but will also inspire creativity -- Williams would no doubt be pleased." Shelf Awareness, October 2008."the passion of both author and artist for their subject shine through on every page--in the pacing, in the layering of the compositions and, fittingly, in the carefully chosen details." Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal"This gorgeous collage of words and images reveals bits and snatches of Williams's life -- an ordinary childhood, a love of science and nature, a busy medical career, and a quiet obsession with poetry. The writer's words are incorporated into the colorful multimedia artwork, creating a lively, lyrical picture-book biography.""
Author
Jennifer Bryant
Short Title
RIVER OF WORDS
Publisher
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Language
English
Illustrator
Melissa Sweet
ISBN-10
0802853021
ISBN-13
9780802853028
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
DEWEY
B
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2008
Publication Date
2008-08-31
Pages
34
Imprint
William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Subtitle
The Story of William Carlos Williams
Place of Publication
Grand Rapids
Country of Publication
United States
Residence
PA, US
Audience Age
7-18
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