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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams Hardcover – July 9, 2008
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And so, as the result of some influence or other stored in the recesses of my brain, I react positively to the name William Carlos Williams and was thus pleased to discover last night that the UPS guy had delivered a copy of A RIVER OF WORDS, a picturebook biography of the poet.
I was even more pleased by the true story I found within the book.
"But when the other boys went inside,
Willie stayed outside..."
William Carlos Williams was not one to text message, play video games, or hang out in the mall. (Not that those diversions existed during his lifetime, but you know what I mean.) Instead, he was one of those kids who wandered in the woods, using his senses to absorb details of the world, and then pouring out his visions into poems.
Of course, writing poetry is oftentimes just slightly more lucrative than is writing Richie's Picks, so Williams's mom persuaded him to become a family doctor.Read more ›
What makes one poet's life any more noteworthy than another's? Sometimes it is found in the very ordinariness of their life. William Carlos Williams, Willie to his friends, was an inquisitive boy with an ear for poetry, both in nature and in the words of the great linguists of the past. He wrote poems in his spare time, honing his craft, but when practical matters were at hand he trained as a doctor and set up a practice in Rutherford, New Jersey. Over the years he would continue to work on his poems, shaping them when he was able. An extensive Timeline and Author's Note at the end go on to explain how William finally was recognized as a great poet in his sixties. An Illustrator's Note explains how Melissa Sweet found a way to illustrate the book.Read more ›
Source School Library Journal(tm) - 09-01-2008 Starred Review
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 Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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I love this book and I will use it with my library assistants (high school students). Creative, visually detailed about William Carlos Williams.Published 12 months ago by Book Lover
Nice book but more attuned to adults than children. I am not sure a child will get much out of it.Published on May 19, 2014 by KLZC
I gave this to my nephew as a gift, his mother was thrilled and loved the artwork. She enjoyed the fact that it was a book he could enjoy as he grows as well.Published on January 24, 2014 by Courtney L.
The other people who have commented on this book have done an excellent job describing both the excellent writing and the wonderful artwork that together make it a joy to read. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by H. Purnell
I got this as a supplement to our homeschool 4th grade English learning. I wasn't introduced to William Carlos Williams until my sophomore year of high school. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by C. George
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book that requires time to appreciate each and every page. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Edward J. Sherbahn
My 4 and 6 old are rivited by this book and they have even started writing poetry on their own. This is teh first kids book on poetry that I've seen that is as visually compelling... Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by NorthCarolinaBound
My wife meant to get me a book about Wallace Stevens, not William Carlos Williams.
So she returned it. Great service on delivery and return.
"A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams" is an incredibly engaging book. I bought it for my 10-year-old grandson, and he is impressed with it. Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by L. Wood