Poet of the People
Dragonfly Books, Paperback, 9780553112030, 32pp.
Publication Date: June 9, 2009
A beautiful tribute to America’s greatest folksinger.
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.
A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Notable Book
A Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner
An Oklahoma Book Award Finalist
BONNIE CHRISTENSEN is the author/illustrator of WOODY GUTHRIE: POET OF THE PEOPLE among many other books. She lives in Wilson, North Carolina and was born on the same day as Django -- different years of course.
“Mixed-media woodcut-like illustrations and fine writing make this an outstanding picture-book introduction to Woody Guthrie. The complete lyrics to ‘This Land Is Your Land’ are included, along with a time line of Guthrie’s life.”—Book Links