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A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider--The Story of E. B. White Hardcover – Picture Book, October 24, 2017

4.6 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2–5—The lean, carefree verse treads lightly through events in E.B. White's life and occasionally lingers on rich, imagistic descriptions of the rural rhythms that so inspired him ("Elwyn's senses sharpened/to the ripe scent of manure,/the creak of harness leather,/the perfect shape of eggs…"). These particular moments shine and could provide useful material for poetry units on writing using the senses. Herkert presents White's life as relatively untroubled, creating a harmonious feeling that may fill some readers with peace and may lull others to sleep. Castillo's friendly ink-and-watercolor illustrations also contribute to the sense of cheerful pleasantness. Curiously, while the text does elaborate on how and why White wrote Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web, it makes no mention of The Trumpet of the Swan outside of the author's note. (The author's note also provides additional context and information on important dates, details, and awards.) VERDICT Herkert's poetry is a delight to the senses, though the overall package is on the slight side. A winsome picture book biography to pair with Melissa Sweet's Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White.—Kate Stadt, Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library, MA

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An Ezra Jack Keats Award Nominee
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A CCBC Master List Selection
A Kansas Reading Circle Master List Selection

"
Herkert's elegant prose and Castillo's stunning brown ink-and-watercolor illustrations team up for a magnificent model of what a picture book can be. . . A stunner―radiant even."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A subtle narrative structured like verse . . . Castillo uses brown ink, soft watercolors, and digital manipulation to create sturdy, nostalgic scenes of city and country to accompany the development of White’s writing and family life.
Rich and rewarding."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Herkert’s poetry is a delight to the senses . . . Castillo’s friendly ink-and-watercolor illustrations also contribute to the sense of cheerful pleasantness.
A winsome picture book biography."--School Library Journal

"This book has the feel of poetry . . . an
important glimpse into how inspiration can pop up anywhere."--Booklist

"The short ragged-right lines beam with love for his writing and the joys of attentiveness to the world
. . . Line and watercolor art with some additional textural and digital touches has an unassuming robustness well suited to its subject."--The Bulletin

"A gentle reverie on a beloved writer
, ideally suited for children first encountering his children’s books as read-alouds."--The Horn Book

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (October 24, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1627792457
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1627792455
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 9 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 770L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.27 x 0.5 x 10.17 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

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