A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
illustrated by Melissa Sweet
published in 2008

Details

Appropriate age:
Older Kid (age 8-11)
Reading level:
Grade 4
Genres: Biography, History, Nonfiction
Cultures: Americas, England, Europe, United States
Subjects: History, Cars, Cats, Death, Cleverness, Imagination

Description

When he wrote poems, he felt as free as the Passaic River as it rushed to the falls. Willies notebooks filled up, one after another. Willies words gave him freedom and peace, but he also knew he needed to earn a living. So he went off to medical school and became a doctor - one of the busiest men in town! Yet he never stopped writing poetry. In this picture book biography of William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryants engaging prose and Melissa Sweets stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate the amazing man who found a way to earn a living and to honor his calling to be a poet.