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James Whitcomb Riley

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James Whitcomb Riley

Young Poet
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Active and restless, “Bud" Riley, the boy who would grow to be one of the 19th century's most popular and respected poets, had a hard time sitting still in school—unless he was drawing or writing the “poems he heard in his head." Fine illustrations and text rich with history draw young readers into James Whitcomb Riley's world on the edge of the Midwestern wilderness. Children fully experience Riley's lively youth, from learning to swim (nearly drowning in the process) to acting as ringmaster in his own circus, complete with animal acts, music, and acrobats. Fun facts about James Whitcomb Riley provide children with a preview of the poet's adult accomplishments and little-known facts about the man greatly admired by novelist Mark Twain and President Benjamin Harrison.

Active and restless, “Bud" Riley, the boy who would grow to be one of the 19th century's most popular and respected poets, had a hard time sitting still in school—unless he was drawing or writing the “poems he heard in his head." Fine illustrations and text rich with history draw young readers into James Whitcomb Riley's world on the edge of the Midwestern wilderness. Children fully experience Riley's lively youth, from learning to swim (nearly drowning in the process) to acting as ringmaster in his own circus, complete with animal acts, music, and acrobats. Fun facts about James Whitcomb Riley provide children with a preview of the poet's adult accomplishments and little-known facts about the man greatly admired by novelist Mark Twain and President Benjamin Harrison.

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Excerpts-
  • Chapter8 Chapter 8
    The National Road

    Bud ran out the garden path, kicking his feet in front of him as he went around the house to the front gate. Climbing up on the gate, he gently swung to and fro. He was still thinking about that glorious parade with all the torches flaming up into the darkness. He could still feel the excitement of holding his own torch high up in the air.

    He looked up and down the National Road. He could see nearly down to Brandywine Creek to the east and almost to Black Swamp on the west. Just coming into view from the east was a long line of heavy wagons rolling along loaded with heavy logs from the forests. And he watched as they drove past his gate and on toward the Black Swamp. He wondered where they were going. And then he thought maybe to a sawmill in Indianapolis. The wagons were followed by a large herd of cattle with their hooves clattering on the plank road on their way to market. And then shortly behind the cattle were some men with two-wheeled carts loaded with corn and wheat on their way to the mill to be ground into flour. Bud loved to swing on his gate and watch all the traffic on the National Road, right in front of his house.

    Upon the main street and the main highway
    From East to West—historic in its day—
    Known as the National Road. . . .

    Then suddenly he saw what thrilled him most of all. He stood up and leaned over the gate to see as far as he could. He could hear the heavy rumbling of a huge wagon coming down the road. It was a Connestoga wagon hitched to four large horses. The wagon drove up and stopped right in front of Bud’s house.

    The neighborhood children all came running when they saw the “prairie schooner.” They were all so excited. Willie called to the rest of their friends, “Look! Look! See, in front of Bud’s house. There’s a wagonload of travelers! Children, dogs, and everything!”

About the Author-
  • Minnie Belle Mitchell lived in Greenfield, Indiana, near James Whitcomb Riley’s hometown. Montrew Dunham is the author of more than 10 children’s books, including Langston Hughes, Young Black Poet and Neil Armstrong, Young Flyer.
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