A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

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Inspired by William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, this delightful collection of poetry for children brings to life Blake’s imaginary inn and its unusual guests.

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ISBN-13: 9780547546315
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
File size: 34 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Nancy Willard has loved William Blake’s poetry from the day she first heard it. While writing the poems in this book, she built a six-foot model of the inn, decorating it with moons, suns, stars, and prints of Blake’s paintings. The model with its residents—the characters that appear in this volume—stands in her living room.

Nancy Willard published her first book when a high school senior—an inset in the Horn Book, which was called A Child’s Star. Formerly a lecturer in the English department at Vassar College, she is the author of a number of well-received children’s books, including Sailing to Cythera: And Other Anatole Stories and The Island of the Grass King: The Further Adventures of Anatole, both winners of a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. 
Alice and Martin Provensen have been honored by the Art Books for Children Citation of the Brooklyn Museum, by the Gold Medal for illustration of the Society of Illustrators, by exhibitions at the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and by being included on the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year list on nine occasions.

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A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mildred981 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A visit to William Blakes End is a group of magical poems about life in a imaganery inn, ran by William Blake. The inn is staffed with two dragons, two angels, and a rabbit whom do human like tasks. Throughout the story theres funny phrases that will keep young children entertained. Such as "His wife not to grow fat like a common kitchen cat and two sunflowers who demand a room with a view."This a a very wonderful group of poems, that are vividly illustratred to help unfold the story. If you love animals this will be a great book for you.A fun activity to do with this book, would be to have your class put on a play with puppets two react the poems. Also, you can have class find rhyming words to fit in poem.
DushiyanthiMcCarley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is a collection of poems about William Blakes Inn. The poems were written two hundred years ago by William Blake. The poems all deal with travellers who come to the Inn, and the Inn is run by two dragons, two angeles and a rabiit. Some of the guests include the man in the marmalade hat, the king of cats, and two sunflowers who request a "room with a view". I liked this book because the poems were simple and humourous. There were lots of pictures that helped iilustrated the poems, so for young children who may not be interested in poetry this will could keep their attetion. Extension ideas 1. In the classroom after reading this book I would have the students write about four lines of their own poem. It does not have to be something long, but something simple for children to enjoy writting. 2. I would read one of the poems in the book without showing them the picture and have the students paint a picture by themselves of what we read.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Am I missing something? Why in the world was this book chosen for the Newbery? What do any of these poems have to do with William Blake? Did he have an inn? If he did not have a real inn, what is meant by his imaginary inn? Tedious. Boring, boring, boring.I must find someone who loves this book to share what he loves about it.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fun collection of poems inspired by WilliamBlake. There is a feeling of whimsy and definite references to Mr. Blake's poems. The illustrations are particularly nice.
goodnightmoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the idea of this book, but I found the actual poems inaccessible. I could see a younger child enjoying the dreaminess of the pictures, but the poems themselves have difficult syntax and strange premises - too complex to be enjoyed by an older child.
juliette07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first Newbery winners I wanted to get hold of. I loved the idea of reading this book but was disappointed. It seems to me that it is a book written with a view to adults enjoying it. I wondered if there is an element of the time in which it was written. I am certain my young children would not have been at all captivated by this book in the 1980s. The illustrations were interesting but again not, in my opinion aimed at young readers. I worked hard to re read the rhymes and look more carefully at the illustrations but sadly came to the conclusion that this is not a book I would recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite book since I was old enough to read. Any child who has an imagination that runs wild will get lost in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book of poetry, well written with fun and whimsy. A visit to William Blake's Inn is beautifully illustrated. This is a very good book to introduce our young readers to poetry. You will enjoy greatly all of the poems and all of the beautiful pictures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing in it's own right. To travel to the stars, eat bread baked by dragons, and to fly in a boat all at the turn of a page is so outstanding. You must read this great selection of poems by william blake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Visit to William Blake¿s Inn is a story of an imaginary inn that has many types of characters that come to stay. He has visitors that are animals and visitors that are humans. The staff members at the inn are even more interesting than the visitors. ¿Two mighty dragons brew and bake and many are the loaves they¿ve burned and many are the spits they¿ve turned and many those who stop and break their joyful bread with William Blake.¿ William Blake¿s Inn is a place where imagination runs wild. ¿Two patient angels wash and shake his featherbeds, and far away snow falls like feathers. That¿s the day good children run outside and make snowmen to honor William Blake.¿ Read this book to find out about what happens in William¿s Blakes Inn. This book by Nancy Willard was a Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor Book. Her first book, A Child¿s Star was published when she was a senior in high school. Nancy Willard poetic book is full of exceptional tales and wonderful illustrations by Alice and martin Provensen. The illustrations really bring the book to life. As I read the book, the illustrations allowed the story to come to life. Each experience is expressed through a brilliant poem. Nancy has always loved William Blake¿s poetry. When Nancy was writing this book, she made a model of the Inn with moons, suns, stars, and prints of Blake¿s paintings. She also included the characters in the story. Willard, Nancy. A Visit To William Blake¿s Inn. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981.