Of Words and Water: The Story of Wilma Dykeman—Writer, Historian, Environmentalist Trade Book (Paperback)

Written By Shannon Hitchcock
Illustrated by Sophie Page
Critically Reviewed
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Written By Shannon Hitchcock
Illustrated by Sophie Page
Critically Reviewed

This lyrical picture book biography of writer and environmentalist Wilma Dykeman traces how her love for a local river led to her efforts to protect it and the livelihood of those who depended on it. Throughout her life she taught that water is the irreplaceable gift; it is life.

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This lyrical picture book biography of writer and environmentalist Wilma Dykeman traces how her love for a local river led to her efforts to protect it and the livelihood of those who depended on it. Throughout her life she taught that water is the irreplaceable gift; it is life.

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Of Words and Water: The Story of Wilma Dykeman—Writer, Historian, Environmentalist Trade Book (Paperback)

Written By Shannon Hitchcock
Illustrated by Sophie Page
Written By Shannon Hitchcock
Illustrated by Sophie Page
Critically Reviewed
Critically Reviewed

This lyrical picture book biography of writer and environmentalist Wilma Dykeman traces how her love for a local river led to her efforts to protect it and the livelihood of those who depended on it. Throughout her life she taught that water is the irreplaceable gift; it is life.

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This lyrical picture book biography of writer and environmentalist Wilma Dykeman traces how her love for a local river led to her efforts to protect it and the livelihood of those who depended on it. Throughout her life she taught that water is the irreplaceable gift; it is life.

Read Less Description

This lyrical picture book biography of writer and environmentalist Wilma Dykeman traces how her love for a local river led to her efforts to protect it and the livelihood of those who depended on it. Throughout her life she taught that water is the irreplaceable gift; it is life.

  1. PaperBack
    Price $9.95
SKU WW-NL5699
ISBN 9781478870470
Series Reycraft Books
SKU WW-NL5699
ISBN 9781478870470
Series Reycraft Books
Lexile level 860L
Genre Biography
Language English
BISAC Subject Headings Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
Price $9.95
Author & Illustrator

Shannon Hitchcock

Shannon Hitchcock was born in North Carolina and grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of four middle grade novels, Flying Over Water, One True Way, Ruby Lee & Me, and The Ballad of Jessie Pearl. Her books have been featured on many state award lists and have received acclaimed reviews. This is the fourth book in her storyteller series, along with Saving Granddaddy’s Stories, She Sang for the Mountains, and Story Quilts. Shannon currently lives in North Carolina where she can see the mountains every day.

Sophie Page

Sophie Page is a mixed media artist known for her 3D diorama illustrations, expressive pencil drawings, and ceramic products. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design illustration program in 2014. To date she has illustrated four children’s picture books. In 2016 she co-founded Plum Press with fellow RISD grads while living in NYC. She has published numerous art books with Plum and other small presses, exhibiting at many zine fairs across the US and abroad. In addition to illustration/book work, Sophie runs an online shop, selling art prints and ceramic sculptures.

Reviews

Elevates a conservationist who deserves to be far better known. — Kirkus Review

In lines that curve and flow like the river her subject championed, Hitchcock honors a writer and environmentalist. —Booklist Review

Nature and aquatic imagery infuse the flowing lines of this picture book biography of Appalachian writer Wilma Dykeman. — Publishers Weekly Review

"Shannon Hitchcock's Of Words and Water, gorgeously illustrated by Sophie Page, pays beautiful tribute to the legacy of Wilma Dykeman, an important environmentalist writer. Children and adult readers will be moved to learn more about Ms. Dykeman, whose novels and non-fiction works are regional, but deserving of much wider readership. Reading Of Words and Water reminded me of the times Ms. Dykeman, and later her sons, would carry boxes of her books into our bookstore. I wish I'd known more about her then, and am grateful to Of Words and Water for reminding me of her quiet strength and environmental advocacy." —Linda-Marie Barrett, Executive Director of SIBA, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

An accessible introduction to environmental activism for younger readers, introducing them to a woman who deserves to be remembered for her life’s work. – School Library Journal 

"I think that Wilma Dykeman would be very pleased with the message of this book. That her life and writing are remembered for her love of water and the importance of the environment would make her smile." —Shiela Navarro-Woods, Union Ave. Books

The biography, complete with illustrations from Sophie Page, documents Dykeman’s tenacity and dedication in protecting the French Broad and her encouragement of others to follow suit. —AVL Today, Hello Ashville

This lyrical picture book biography of writer and environmentalist Wilma Dykeman traces how her love for a local river led to her efforts to protect it and the livelihood of those who depended on it. Throughout her life she taught that water is the irreplaceable gift; it is life.

Read Full Description
Details:
SKU WW-NL5699
ISBN 9781478870470
Series Reycraft Books
Lexile level 860L
Genre Biography
Language English
Juvenile Nonfiction Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
Full Description

This lyrical picture book biography of writer and environmentalist Wilma Dykeman traces how her love for a local river led to her efforts to protect it and the livelihood of those who depended on it. Throughout her life she taught that water is the irreplaceable gift; it is life.

Author & Illustrator

Shannon Hitchcock

Shannon Hitchcock was born in North Carolina and grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of four middle grade novels, Flying Over Water, One True Way, Ruby Lee & Me, and The Ballad of Jessie Pearl. Her books have been featured on many state award lists and have received acclaimed reviews. This is the fourth book in her storyteller series, along with Saving Granddaddy’s Stories, She Sang for the Mountains, and Story Quilts. Shannon currently lives in North Carolina where she can see the mountains every day.

Sophie Page

Sophie Page is a mixed media artist known for her 3D diorama illustrations, expressive pencil drawings, and ceramic products. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design illustration program in 2014. To date she has illustrated four children’s picture books. In 2016 she co-founded Plum Press with fellow RISD grads while living in NYC. She has published numerous art books with Plum and other small presses, exhibiting at many zine fairs across the US and abroad. In addition to illustration/book work, Sophie runs an online shop, selling art prints and ceramic sculptures.

Reviews

Elevates a conservationist who deserves to be far better known. — Kirkus Review

In lines that curve and flow like the river her subject championed, Hitchcock honors a writer and environmentalist. —Booklist Review

Nature and aquatic imagery infuse the flowing lines of this picture book biography of Appalachian writer Wilma Dykeman. — Publishers Weekly Review

"Shannon Hitchcock's Of Words and Water, gorgeously illustrated by Sophie Page, pays beautiful tribute to the legacy of Wilma Dykeman, an important environmentalist writer. Children and adult readers will be moved to learn more about Ms. Dykeman, whose novels and non-fiction works are regional, but deserving of much wider readership. Reading Of Words and Water reminded me of the times Ms. Dykeman, and later her sons, would carry boxes of her books into our bookstore. I wish I'd known more about her then, and am grateful to Of Words and Water for reminding me of her quiet strength and environmental advocacy." —Linda-Marie Barrett, Executive Director of SIBA, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

An accessible introduction to environmental activism for younger readers, introducing them to a woman who deserves to be remembered for her life’s work. – School Library Journal 

"I think that Wilma Dykeman would be very pleased with the message of this book. That her life and writing are remembered for her love of water and the importance of the environment would make her smile." —Shiela Navarro-Woods, Union Ave. Books

The biography, complete with illustrations from Sophie Page, documents Dykeman’s tenacity and dedication in protecting the French Broad and her encouragement of others to follow suit. —AVL Today, Hello Ashville

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