June 2, 2011

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

I feel particular love for A River of Words because it was my nomination when we did mock-Caldecotts in my grad school picture book seminar and then, just a month later, it did indeed pick up a Caldecott Honor. You can imagine I feel compelled to mention this fact to anyone I tell about this book.

A River of Words is a picture book biography of poet William Carlos Williams and it brilliantly combines the narrative of his life with his poetry (I am a huge fan of his poetry to begin with and this book is a lovely introduction to it). I can't imagine a more lovely book for elementary-age children as far as poetry and poets go.

The text isn't too wordy and the poems themselves are woven into the images. I think William Carlos Williams' poetry is so accessible to children anyway, so this book can really appeal to its target audience.

I love Melissa Sweet's illustrations, especially. They are so vibrant and colorful. This one is done in collage and it just gorgeous.

This is one of those picture books I want to own. I love knowing about the life of famous poets and also being introduced to their most famous works and this does both.

*****************

BlogHer Book Club Reviewer

In non-picture book reading news, my review of the thoroughly delightful A Discovery of Witches went up today at the BlogHer bookclub. It's a really fun way to kick off your summer reading.

5 comments:

  1. Janssen, this was MY pick for our staff mock-Caldecott and nobody else wanted it and I fought for it and it made our mock-Caldecott list! And then it was a Caldecott Honor!!!! :D

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a lovely way to introduce poetry to young readers!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love, love love this book. So much that I bought my own copy!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love love love WCW and I really want to read this book!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love this poetry/biography book! Melissa Sweet's illustrations surround the words in a beautiful way.

    ReplyDelete

I try to respond to most comments, so it will make my day if your email address is linked in your profile. If you're not sure if it's linked, you can add it by following these instructions.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...