Woody Guthrie by Bonnie Christensen
Poet of the People

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Woody Guthrie spent his life putting into words and music what the rest of America was thinking. He roamed from coast to coast and captured the despair of those displaced by the Great Depression and the dust bowl, eulogized workers, and celebrated the great natural beauty of America. This is an introductory biography presented as a picture book with a brief lyrical text and powerful, hand-tinted, woodcut-like illustrations. It includes the complete lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land” and excerpts from his other songs. A book for all ages, it makes this talented and tragic man accessible to young children and will please his older folksinging fans with its stunning art.

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BONNIE CHRISTENSEN is the author and illustrator of two nonfiction picture books, Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, and The Daring Nellie Bly. She is also the illustrator of Pompeii: Lost and Found, written by Mary Pope Osborne.
Published October 9, 2001 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Born in Oklahoma in 1912 to parents who were both fond of singing, Guthrie throughout his childhood "heard the songs that swept across the prairie—wind and rain songs, thunder rumbling, lightning crackling songs."

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