16 Words: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow ” By Lisa Rogers


Back of Book: 

“Look out the window. What do you see? If you are Dr. William Carlos Williams, you see a wheelbarrow. A drizzle of rain. Chickens scratching in the damp earth.” The wheelbarrow belongs to Thaddeus Marshall, a street vendor, who every day goes to work selling vegetables on the streets of Rutherford, New Jersey. That simple action inspires poet and doctor Williams to pick up some of his own tools–a pen and paper–and write his most famous poem.

My Review: 

I received a copy of this picture book from Schwartz & Wade in exchange for an honest review. 

Debut author Lisa Rogers created a lyrical and moving story about poet William Carlos Williams. The story centers around the poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” and why William choose to write it. The book follows the lives, Williams and Mr. Thaddeus Marshall, as they navigate everyday life. The story shows readers the importance of being mindful in the small aspects of life as well as the big things. The illustrations by Chuck Groenink are soft and stunning. They beautifully capture the essence of the story. This is a fantastic story to read with any poetry unit. It is a perfect introduction to having students write their own poem using sixteen words. Lisa Rogers is a talented author and I look forward to reading more books from her in the future. 

Ages 6 and up

40 Pages 

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