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Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet
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it was amazing
bookshelves: early-readers-2016, middle-grade-2016, picture-books-2016, non-fiction2016, poetry-2016, read-2016

I’ve read other biographies of E.B. White, and I enjoyed each, but I’ve never loved one as much as this one. Melissa Sweet titled it Some Writer!, and I call it Some Book! The mixed media approach calls for the reader to slow down to observe all the details, something we know, and Sweet emphasizes, that E. B. White did himself. It’s filled with maps and collages that connect to the stories/chapters included of his life. There are thirteen chapters, among them about White’s beginnings and his work for The New Yorker magazine, his three books, and his collaboration on a new edition of The Elements of Style. His love of solitude and being in nature is evident in nearly every chapter. A beginning page, for children’s use especially, is a full-page picture of a manual typewriter, and an explanation of how it works. Favorite pages are actual pictures of White’s manuscripts, some hand-written, some typed; and a page about boat building, which is a surprising thread throughout the book. He was given a canoe by his father when he was young, and when the family spent summers in Maine. And, among others owned, late in life his son built him another one. (His son became a boat builder!) He spent much time canoeing and sailing on the water, observing, thinking about life.
There is marvelous back matter to enjoy, also: an author’s note and one about the art, a note from Martha White, E.B. White’s granddaughter who aided Sweet whenever she could, a beautifully created timeline, and more. If you have enjoyed the stories by E.B. White, you will love learning more about them and about the writer and his life.
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Reading Progress

April 24, 2016 – Shelved
April 24, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 9, 2016 – Started Reading
October 10, 2016 –
page 30
17.05%
October 12, 2016 –
page 102
57.95%
October 13, 2016 – Finished Reading
October 14, 2016 – Shelved as: early-readers-2016
October 14, 2016 – Shelved as: middle-grade-2016
October 14, 2016 – Shelved as: picture-books-2016
October 14, 2016 – Shelved as: non-fiction2016
October 14, 2016 – Shelved as: poetry-2016
October 14, 2016 – Shelved as: read-2016

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