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The Resource A visit to William Blake's inn : poems for innocent and experienced travelers, by Nancy Willard ; illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen

A visit to William Blake's inn : poems for innocent and experienced travelers, by Nancy Willard ; illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen

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A visit to William Blake's inn : poems for innocent and experienced travelers
Title
A visit to William Blake's inn
Title remainder
poems for innocent and experienced travelers
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by Nancy Willard ; illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen
Title variation
visit to William Blakes inn
Title variation remainder
poems for innocent and experienced travelers
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn
Award
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book, 1982.
  • Newbery Medal, 1982.
Review
Unquestionably a labor of love, this is set in an inn presided over by William Blake. There, dragons bake the bread, angels shake the featherbeds, a tiger, a rabbit, a bear, and other animals fill the rooms, sunflowers request "a room with a view," and the only human guests we're introduced to are the little-boy narrator and "the man in the marmalade hat"--who arrives "equipped with a bottle of starch/ to straighten the bends in the road," then proceeds to ask for "a room at the top." The first of Willard's 16 verses begins, "This inn belongs to William Blake/ and many are the beasts he's tamed/ and many are the stars he's named/ and many those who stop and take/ their joyful rest with William Blake." The verses are laced with fancies but formally tidy, as are the Provensens' charming period illustrations, which give a quaint prim cast to such dreamlike phenomena as a flying carriage, a breakfast table balanced on a rooftop (breakfast is "on the house"), and a parade of animals through the milky way, led by Blake, with the little boy astride the tiger. It's just as well that the Provensens' manner is poles apart from the visionary intensity of Blake's, but one wonders how Blake's work would inspire Willard to invoke his image and meter to such whimsical purpose. Still, the book is a visual pleasure, even beyond the illustrations, and the poetry accomplished, perhaps enchanting--as in " 'Where did you sleep last night, Wise Cow?/ Where did you lay your head?'//'I caught my horn on a rolling cloud/ and made myself a bed,// and in the morning, ate it raw/ on freshly buttered bread.' " It's a question of sensibility. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 1981)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
101267
Cataloging source
DLC
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Willard, Nancy
Dewey number
811/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3573.I444
LC item number
V5 1981
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Provensen, Alice
  • Provensen, Martin
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Blake, William
  • Children's poetry, American
  • American poetry
Target audience
juvenile
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poems for innocent and experienced travelers
Label
A visit to William Blake's inn : poems for innocent and experienced travelers, by Nancy Willard ; illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
44 p.
Isbn
9780152938222
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780152938222
  • (OCoLC)7573231
Label
A visit to William Blake's inn : poems for innocent and experienced travelers, by Nancy Willard ; illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen
Publication
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
44 p.
Isbn
9780152938222
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780152938222
  • (OCoLC)7573231

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