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A River of Words

The Story of William Carlos Williams

By Jennifer Bryant, Melissa Sweet

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Format: Hardcover, 1 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 August 2008

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Bryant follows Call Me Marianne (2006), about Marianne Moore, with another picture-book introduction to a poet. Here, she focuses on William Carlos Williams, and she begins by suggesting that Williams' childhood love of nature inspired the free forms and rhythms he chose for his first adolescent poems. During his adult medical career, Williams "scribbled a few lines . . . wherever he could," composing his enduring, beloved body of work. The free-verse line breaks in Bryant's text sometimes feel arbitrary, but her simple, spare language matches her subject well. Sweet's mixed-media collages will draw varying age groups. Younger children will connect with the childlike drawings of figures, while older kids (and even young-adult art students) will appreciate the artfully layered paper compositions that include lines of Williams' poetry. A comprehensive time line of Williams' life targeted toward older kids (and teachers), suggestions for further reading, and a selection of Williams' poems close this inspiring title that, like Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Action Jackson (2002), shows that an artist's work begins with deep, quiet observation. Grades 2-5. --Gillian Engberg

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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.- 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.""

EAN: 9780802853028
ISBN: 0802853021
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Dimensions: 26.29 x 23.5 x 1.14 centimetres (0.43 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Sherryl Clark on
 
While the illustrations really make this book, the writing is excellent, too. William's life story is told succinctly and with plenty of interesting information. The use of collage in the illustrations (drafts of poems and lots written on medical forms, as he no doubt did, being a doctor) adds a lot of depth to the pages and the material.
I wish a publisher in Australia would let me create books like this about our own poets!

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