Active and restless, “Bud” Riley, the boy who would grow to be one of the 19th century’s most popular and respected poets, had a hard time sitting still in school—unless he was drawing or writing the “poems he heard in his head.” Fine illustrations and text rich with history draw young readers into James Whitcomb Riley’s world on the edge of the Midwestern wilderness. Children fully experience Riley’s lively youth, from learning to swim (nearly drowning in the process) to acting as ringmaster in his own circus, complete with animal acts, music, and acrobats. Fun facts about James Whitcomb Riley provide children with a preview of the poet’s adult accomplishments and little-known facts about the man greatly admired by novelist Mark Twain and President Benjamin Harrison.
|Publisher:||Patria Press, Inc|
|Series:||Young Patriots Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Lexile:||760L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Minnie Belle Mitchell lived in Greenfield, Indiana, near James Whitcomb Riley’s hometown. Montrew Dunham is the author of more than 10 children’s books, including Langston Hughes, Young Black Poet and Neil Armstrong, Young Flyer. She lives in Downers Grove, Illinois. Cathy Morrison is the illustrator of Ignacio's Chair and the Young Patriots series. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Picturebookartists.org. She lives in Denver, Colorado.