A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers (A Voyager/Hbj Book) A

Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

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By Wendy Darling (Los Angeles, CA) · ★★★★★ · February 25, 2012
Overall, this is probably a 4 star book, but it gets bumped up to 5 stars for having my favorite children's poem of all time in it. It's called "The King of Cats Sends a Postcard to His Wife" and you can read the poem online!


Clouds are gentle walls that hide
Gardens on the other side
By Tim (Hesperia, CA) · ★★★★★ · June 11, 2013
Let's put this in perspective: This is the only book, EVER, to have won *both* a Newbery Medal AND a Caldecott Honor. Plus, this book won the 1982 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, as well as a Golden Kite Award Honor. All this should sorta give a hint that "William Blake's Inn" is a special kind of... ...more
By Janet (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★☆ · December 02, 2012
A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for innocent and experiences travelers is a 48 pages poem story telling book about the life of the writer Nancy Willard for her love for William Blake’s poetries and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen. In 1982, it won the Newbery and Caldecott Award an... ...more
By Jill (Brooktondale, NY) · ★★★☆☆ · November 01, 2010
Is this the only Newbery winner (1982) that's also a Caldecott Honor? It is beautifully illustrated. Five stars for the illustration.

I know nothing about William Blake and his poetry so without doing further research I admit I don't understand what the author was trying to do here. It was mostly... ...more
By Taylor C (Austin, TX) · ★★★★★ · January 25, 2012
William Blake Inn is a great book. I love how the boy travels from place to place having a rhyming poem to go with the book. I also like how the book has lots of different things that the boy does. Because the book is so short you can't really understand what the author is trying to tell you. But... ...more
By Kathi (Sterling, VA) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 20, 2015
I suspected as I was reading this short Newbery that I was missing something. I loved Nancy Willard from her sweet baseball fantasy novel, Things Invisible to See, and was excited to read a (thin) Newbery written by her. I also saw that it is the only book that has ever won both the Newbery and t... ...more
By Dawn (Hot Springs, SD) · ★★★★☆ · October 30, 2011
1981: A Visit to William Blake's Inn by Nancy Willard ( Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
Newberry Winner
Caldecott Honor
A very enjoyable book of poetry in honor of the poet, William Blake. Willard takes characters from Blakes works and takes them on an adventure at Blake's Inn. My favorite selectio... ...more
By Zara (Spearfish, SD) · December 02, 2010
This book is the only book to have recieved BOTH the Newberry Medal and Caldecott Honor. It is made up of 15 different poems all explaining what happens and what is in William Blake's Inn. It is a somewhat magical place with rabbits, cows, and tigers. The poems rhyme every other line and is a ver... ...more
By Stephani (Spanish Fork, UT) · ★☆☆☆☆ · July 22, 2009
This is book that tells the tale of a young boy who is sick and his nanny tells him a tale of an Inn where William Blake stays and the adventures of the tenants through poetry. This book was difficult and I would not use it in a classroom or have in my collection. I think there are better options... ...more
By Kiersten (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · January 20, 2011
My parents had this book when I was growing up, and I loved it. I've never been one for poetry reading, but the illustrations and Blake's mysterious-sounding poems with their beautiful imagery really drew me in even though I didn't really understand them. I'd like to go back to it and see if it m... ...more