Extraordinary examples of children's creativity Water--in all its splendid forms--is the subject and inspiration behind the alluring artwork and astounding poetry presented in River of Words: Images and Poetry in Praise of Water. Rivers, lakes, oceans, rain, and tears come alive in pages of verse and full-color art. This collection is all the more remarkable because it was created by surprisingly young poets and artists. Culled from the annual River of Words(TM) art and poetry contest, here is an exceptional selection of creative work from young people (ages 5-19) across America and around the world. Both children and adults will appreciate and enjoy the creative results of children experiencing and exploring water as part of the environment. River of Words: Images and Poetry in Praise of Water offers all of us a visual and visceral experience. An epilogue by Pamela Michael, addressed to parents and teachers, discusses how to inspire great art and poetry from kids. River of Words(TM) was co-founded in 1995 by Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate (1995-1997), and writer Pamela Michael to promote literacy, the arts, and environmental awareness. River of Words conducts an annual international poetry and art contest for students K-12. To learn more, visit them at www.riverofwords.org.