Katie Fitzgerald's Reviews > A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

A River of Words by Jen Bryant
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Jun 23, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-non-fiction, format-picture-books, caldecott-honor

I enjoyed Melissa Sweet’s illustrations in Balloons Over Broadway but didn’t make the connection that she is also the illustrator of A River of Words. She employs a similar technique in both books - combining images from the subject’s life along with a collage of documents and other significant words and pictures in the life of her subject. I absolutely love the way she uses William Carlos Williams’s poetry not just in the end papers, but throughout the book. My favorite is the page about the moon, where the poem is written on the outside of Williams’s house, and the sky is made entirely of a star chart. Since William Carlos Williams writes such simple, salient poetry, his work is perfect to share with elementary school kids, and this book is a great companion to such studies.

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June 23, 2012 – Shelved
June 23, 2012 – Shelved as: genre-non-fiction
June 23, 2012 – Shelved as: format-picture-books
June 23, 2012 – Finished Reading
October 5, 2017 – Shelved as: caldecott-honor

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