A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

By Jen Bryant
Illustrators Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co Imprint Eerdmans ISBN


Awards and 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; 2008<I>New York Time</I>10 Best Illustrated Books | 2008 <I>School Library Journal</I>Best Books, Nonfiction

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

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"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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