A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

by Jen Bryant

ISBN: 9780802853028

illustrations by Melissa Sweet

First Release:

December 2008

"There is a bird in the poplars! / It is the sun! / The leaves are little yellow fish / swimming in the river." William Carlos Williams grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey, and later became a family doctor in his hometown. "Willie" discovered his love of poetry in high school. At first, he imitated the formality of traditional verse, but he gradually developed a distinctive style that let "each poem find its own special shape on the page." Includes poems and excerpts. Time line. Author's and illustrator's notes. Further reading. Black-and-white photograph of poet. Full-color watercolor, collage, and mixed-media illustrations. A 2009 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. A 2009 NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book.


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  • ISBN: 9780802853028
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: -
    Publisher: Eerdmans
    Page Count: 34
    Trim Size: 9" x 10"
    Dewey Classification: 811.'52
    Accelerated Reader: Level: 4.6, Points: 0.5
    Scholastic Reading Counts: Level: 5.4, Points: 3
    Lexile: Level: AD820L
    Awards & Honors: 2009 Caldecott, Honor Book; 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book; 2009 NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book; NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2009, World History and Culture; 2008New York Time10 Best Illustrated Books , 2008 School Library JournalBest Books, Nonfiction
    Genre: Biography.
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