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Mr. Williams

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The powerful and personal story of one American childhood

When Mr. Williams was a boy growing up in Arcadia, Louisiana, Calvin Coolidge was president, Martin Luther King Jr. had just been born, and children worked hard in the fields for most of the year.

Many years later, Karen Barbour grew up hearing Mr. Williams tell stories about his childhood. In this beautiful book,
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Oct 08, 2014 Rhayne rated it really liked it
For most of us the idea of even growing our own food seems foreign but flashback 80 years ago and it wasn’t so uncommon. Mr. Williams by Karen Barbour is the story of a young man and his families who live on a farm. This family grows their own food, raise their own animals and actually spend time together, which is so unlike families of the modern age. This story from Barbour is a perfect rendition of a poor black family making their own in a time of little to no acceptance.

The ink images tha
Brenda Kahn
Apr 17, 2015 Brenda Kahn rated it it was amazing
I recently thought of this small but wonderful biography while preparing for a unit with a small but wonderful group of students. It is as charming as I remembered it. I'm a fan of Ms. Barbour's art and just love how she gathered stories from a beloved and respected family friend and spun them into a powerful biography of an ordinary man.
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Apr 05, 2010 Rachel Flan rated it it was ok
This book was not what I thought it would be when I looked at the cover. I was hoping for some adventure or fun, but it turned out to be kind of boring. It was long and didn't really have a plot or main story besides that it was telling about Mr. Williams life.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
An interesting biography of an African-American man growing up in Louisiana.

This book is also a great for making historical connections.
Aug 11, 2009 Janet rated it liked it
I would like to include this as a book in my media center. A lot of rich and varied language. The illustrations were exceptional as well.
Sep 18, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: classroom-books
An oral history of M. J. Williams as told by his friends. This story captures the feel of Mr. William's life.
Jan 28, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Love the illustrations in this book! Scan a page or two for desktop wallpaper inspiration.
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Lovely, evocative illustrations to go along with a simple but powerful story.
Nice, simple description of country life.
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