River of Words : The Story of William Carlos Williams
Children's - Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
1 v. (unpaged)
Make Way For BooksWe can't get enough of this author/illustrator duo. They discover the most interesting individuals and masterfully shape the telling by relating familiar, present-day experiences with their characters' experiences, enabling details to stick. In this telling, William Carlos Williams faces the difficulty of balancing the need to earn a living with pursuing his artistic endeavors. He manages to establish a thriving medical practice that informed the poetry he created after hours. At his death he was remembered both as a successful physician and an honored, Pulitzer prize-winning poet. The illustrator's note explains her media-choice rounding out an already-rich experience.
Publisher SummaryA picture book biography of William Carlos Williams traces childhood events that lead him to become a doctor and a poet.
2009 Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Book
A Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
NCTE Notable Childrens Book
When he wrote poems, he felt as free as the Passaic River as it rushed to the falls. Willies notebooks filled up, one after another. Willies 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 -- one of the busiest men in town! Yet he never stopped writing poetry. In this picture book biography of William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryants engaging prose and Melissa Sweets 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.]] 07 02 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."