Mr. Williams by Karen Barbour

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The powerful and personal story of one American childhood

When Mr. Williams was a boy growing up in Arcadia, Louisiana, Calvin Coolidge was president, Martin Luther King Jr. had just been born, and children worked hard in the fields for most of the year.

Many years later, Karen Barbour grew up hearing Mr. Williams tell stories about his childhood. In this beautiful book, she not only shares the memories he passed on to her but also creates stunning paintings to illustrate them.

The story of Mr. J. W. Williams, lovingly told by his friend, evokes a specific time and place in American history in a way that is immediate, intimate, and relevant.
 

About Karen Barbour

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Karen Barbour is an award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including I Have an Olive Tree by Eve Bunting. She lives in Point Reyes Station, California.
 
Published September 1, 2005 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two kids tell how their dad's gift of a meal to the homeless man who sleeps outside their neighborhood store leads first to an informal exchange of his help (sweeping the sidewalk, etc.) for more food and eventually to his going happily away with his parents, contacted through ``a big office.'' B...

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The wonderful folk art–style gouache-and-ink illustrations are filled with lovely color and perfectly match the simplicity of the text.

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