Some Writer! the Story of E. B. White

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Some Writer! the Story of E. B. White


Giorgis, Cyndi, Language Arts


2017 Orbis Pictus Award Winner Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White Written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 161 pp., ISBN 978-0-544-31959-2

Melissa Sweet's captivating biography of children's book author Elwyn Brooks (E. B.) White offers insights into the beloved writer's life and process. Sweet incorporates original and archival realia, including letters, photographs, and manuscripts, alongside her creative and remarkable collage illustrations. White was scrawny and fearful as a child, but loved words. He crafted words into short pieces submitted to magazines and used them to highlight his love of nature, dogs, and his family. Some of these early essays, poems, and even a handmade brochure created for a childhood friend who was visiting Elwyn one summer in Maine are incorporated into the pages. Readers will particularly enjoy the evolution of Charlotte's Web shown through White's typed manuscript drafts and Garth Williams's early sketches of the much-loved spider. …

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