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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
Contributor(s): Bryant, Jen (Author), Sweet, Melissa (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0802853021     ISBN-13: 9780802853028
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2008

Annotation: In this picture book biography of William Carlos Williams, Bryant's engaging prose and Sweet's 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. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Literary
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry - General
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2007049347
Age Level: 7-18
Grade Level: 2-13
Lexile Measure: 820 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.45" H x 9.25" W x 10.35" (0.91 lbs) 1 pages
- Chronological Period - 1851-1899
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Awards: Lupine Award, Winner, Picture Book, 2008
Keystone to Reading Book Award, Nominee, Intermediate, 2010
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Recommended, Seven to Ten, 2009
Delaware Diamonds Award, Nominee, Grades 3-5, 2009
Beehive Awards, Nominee, Poetry, 2010
Caldecott Medal, Honor Book, Picture Book, 2009
Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up), Recommended, Fiction, 2008
Cybils, Finalist, Nonfiction Picture Book, 2008
Review Citations: Kirkus Review - Children 07/15/2008 pg. 744
Booklist 08/01/2008 pg. 66
School Library Journal 09/01/2008 pg. 199
New York Times Book Review 11/09/2008 pg. 24
Kirkus Best Children's Books 11/15/2008 pg. 4
Christian Century 12/16/2008 pg. 27
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2008 pg. 36
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2009 - Recommended, Satisfactory
ALA Notable Children's Books 03/15/2009 pg. 23
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 124292
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Publisher Description:
When he wrote poems, he felt as free
as the Passaic River as it rushed to the falls.
Willie's notebooks filled up, one after another.

Willie's 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 2; one of the busiest men in town Yet he never stopped writing poetry.

In this picture book biography of William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryant's engaging prose and Melissa Sweet's 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.

Contributor Bio(s): Bryant, Jen: - Jen Bryant has written numerous books for young readers, including Georgia's Bones and A River ofWords, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award.Her book A Splash of Red (Knopf)received the Schneider Family Book Award and theNCTE Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction. She lives inPennsylvania.Sweet, Melissa: - Melissa Sweet (www.melissasweet.net) hasillustrated many award winning books, including ARiver of Words (Eerdmans), a 2009 Caldecott Honorbook, and A Splash of Red (Knopf), an NCTEOrbis Pictus Award winner and a Sibert Honor book. Shealso wrote and illustrated Balloons OverBroadway (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), winner of the2012 Sibert Medal and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.Melissa lives in Maine.
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