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A River of Words by Jennifer Fisher Bryant
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Apr 20, 2011

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This picture book biography of poet William Carlos Williams is artfully done. The illustrations are beautifully done with mixed-media collage of colors and words, including snippets from several of Williams' poems. It also includes my favorite tidbit of information, that his many of his poems were shaped by his need to write them on prescription pads between patients. As befits the story of a poet, the text is lyrical and thoughtfully placed on the page. Needing to fit within the constraints of the picture book format, the book isn't comprehensive; however, the author's note adds additional information and context for the curious reader. When introducing this book to children, I would start first with Williams' poetry, and then delve into the biography once their interest is piqued. Although he doesn't write for children explicitly, his work is easily accessible and enjoyable for a wide range of ages.

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