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A River of Words
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams | Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet
30 posts | 13 read | 4 to read
This picture book biography of William Carlos Williams traces childhood events that lead him to become a doctor and a poet.
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thejessashmore
Panpan

This book, a Caldecott Honor book, is a biography about a man and his journey in becoming a poet.

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thejessashmore

I personally would use this in an older age group, because it is a complex and uninteresting book for children in lower elementary.

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thejessashmore

Now when he wrote poems, he felt as free as the Passaic River as it rushed to the falls. Willie's notebooks filled up, one after another.

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jkraynak

“They call me and I go”

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jkraynak
Pickpick

This is a Caldecott honor award book. It is about a poet and his journey to being able to make a living while continuing his passion. It‘s interesting to think how he‘s famous for poetry but was a medical doctor in his life career. The pictures compliment the story of William really well.

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jkraynak

The pages and illustrations in this story were really creative! They reminded me of vision boards or collages.

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abbychlosta

“The door opens. I smile, enter and shake off the cold.“

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abbychlosta

This book was super cool. I think it showed an interesting perspective of someone mixing art with science. I did not know who Willian Carlos William was until reading this and now I want to learn more!

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abbychlosta
Pickpick

A River of Words by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet is a biography. It was published in 2008. This story is about the life of William Carlos Williams. He was a poet and a doctor. His main dream was to be a poet, but he realized that he needed to make a living so he went to medical school and became a doctor. All throughout his time as a doctor he never stopped writing poetry.

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k.gauze
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k.gauze

This is a super cool book because it is about someone who is a successful doctor but still chooses to do poetry. It shows that all passions are important and should be supported.

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sarabellini

Willie took out his pen and his notes. He sat down and looked at the words...and shaped them into poems.

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sarabellini

I enjoyed the illustrations in this book, it was almost like a collage of pictures. I thought it was very fun and creative.

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sarabellini
Pickpick

This book is about William Carlos Williams and how he wrote his poems. His words gave him freedom and peace but he also knew he needed to earn money to live. So he went to medical school and became a doctor but never stopped writing poetry.

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mollywimmers1

“...and shaped them into poems“

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mollywimmers1
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my favorite thing of the book is the facts in the back. I like that you could use the book for research projects as well

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mollywimmers1
Pickpick

I really liked this one. I like how he made one path of being a doctor which Is liked at as a great job but still wasn't happy because he wasn't using his passions. I think its a good message

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kh972417

“When I was younger it was plain to me I must make something of myself.“

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kh972417
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I really liked how the illustrations were set up in this book. They are so unique and not like any others I've seen before. They are detailed, but simple at the same time. I also liked how there was poetry throughout the book as well.

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kh972417
Pickpick

I enjoyed this story about William Carlos Willams, and how he became a poet. This book really does a good job to telling the story of WCW's whole life and his writing. I will definitely include this in my classroom library.

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k.gauze
Pickpick

This biography of a William Williams is so fun to read! He grew up writing poetry and then as an adult he became a doctor. Even though he had a great career as a doctor he still wrote poetry because it was his true calling. This book is great for kids because it shows them that all passions are meaningful and valuable.

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ds111717

“Now when he wrote poems, he felt as free as the Passaic River as it rushed to the falls. Willie's notebooks filled up, one after another.“

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ds111717

I thought the book was inspirational but it would probably be more useful for older age groups such as upper elementary school because of how “abstract“ the book is (as far as it being a biography).

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ds111717
Panpan

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams written by Jen Bryant. Caldecott Honor book. A biography about a man and his journey in finding his true calling as a poet.

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GatheringBooks
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#PrinceOfJuly Day 4: #LittleRedCorvette reminded me of William Carlos Williams‘ Red Wheelbarrow glazed with rain water. This beautiful picturebook shares the story of Williams‘ life in a way that would make it accessible even to very young readers and make the older ones marvel at how one‘s passion would find a way to make itself manifest despite one‘s best intentions and seemingly-predictable and structured lifestyle. Link to Full review ⬇️

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LibrarianRyan
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4⭐️ This is an interesting look at an interesting man. William Carlos Williams is remembered most for his poetry, but he made his poetry in his spare time, and spent his life as a doctor. This was an interesting story, and left me with more knowledge of a man who use to just be a name on a piece of paper.

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Bookworm83
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