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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Publisher Comments:

Vietnam.

A young American soldier waits for his enemy, rifle in hand, finger on the trigger. He is afraid to move and yet afraid not to move. Gunshots crackle in the still air. The soldier fires blindly into the distant trees at an unseen enemy. He crouches and waits — heart pounding, tense and trembling, biting back tears. When will it all be over?

Walter Dean Myers joined the army on his seventeeth birthday, at the onset of American involvement in Vietnam, but it was the death of his brother in 1968 that forever changed his mind about war.

In a gripping and powerful story-poem, the award-winning author takes readers into the heart and mind of a young soldier in an alien land who comes face-to-face with the enemy. Strikingly illustrated with evocative and emotionally wrenching collages by Caldecott Honor artist Ann Grifalconi, this unforgettable portrait captures one American G.L's haunting experience.

Review:

"Camouflage endpapers set the stage for Myers's (Handbook for Boys: A Novel) unusual and gripping picture book set in Vietnam and geared to older readers. 'The land of my enemy has wide valleys, mountains that stretch along the far horizon, rushing brown rivers, and thick green forests,' the riveting narrative poem begins. Grifalconi's (the Everett Anderson books) sophisticated mixed-media collage shows a breathtaking vista, lush with trees, jagged mountains and terraced hillsides. On the next spread, Myers drops readers into the jungle with the narrator, a young American soldier, and his squad of nine men. The protagonist makes a nerve-wracking trek ('Somewhere in the forest, hidden in the shadows, is the enemy'), witnesses a bombing raid ('My body shakes. I tell myself that I will not die on this bright day') and comes face-to-face with an enemy soldier ('In a heartbeat, we have learned too much about each other' — neither fires). Myers, who fought in Vietnam, lays bare the young man's emotions. Short phrases combine power with grace as the author artfully conveys the outward events of warfare and the resulting inner turmoil: in the village, the young man sees 'the enemy. A brown woman with rivers of age etched deeply into her face. An old man, his eyes heavy with memory.' Grifalconi, too, subtly highlights war's absurd contradictions. One particularly striking scene finds the G.I. facing his enemy across a field alight with heartbreakingly lovely flowers and wildlife. Readers will hope this is as close as they ever get to the real thing. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Vietnam.

A young American soldier waits for his enemy, rifle in hand, finger on the trigger. He is afraid to move and yet afraid not to move. Gunshots crackle in the still air. The soldier fires blindly into the distant trees at an unseen enemy. He crouches and waits — heart pounding, tense and trembling, biting back tears. When will it all be over?

Walter Dean Myers joined the army on his seventeeth birthday, at the onset of American involvement in Vietnam, but it was the death of his brother in 1968 that forever changed his mind about war.

In a gripping and powerful story-poem, the award-winning author takes readers into the heart and mind of a young soldier in an alien land who comes face-to-face with the enemy. Strikingly illustrated with evocative and emotionally wrenching collages by Caldecott Honor artist Ann Grifalconi, this unforgettable portrait captures one American G.L's haunting experience.

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is the acclaimed author of Monster, the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, a National Book Award Finalist, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book; The Dream Bearer; Handbook for Boys; Bad Boy: A Memoir; and the Newbery Honor Books Scorpions and Somewhere in the Darkness. His picture books include Jane Addams Children?s Book Award winner Patrol: An American Soldier In Vietnam, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi; Dr. Martin Luther King: I?ve Seen The Promised Land and Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly, illustrated by Leonard Jenkins; and Blues Journey and the Caldecott Honor Book Harlem: A Poem, both illustrated by Christopher Myers. He helped establish the Walter Dean Myers Publishing Institute, part of the Langston Hughes Children?s Literature Festival, and makes frequent appearances with the National Basketball Association?s "Read to Achieve" program. Mr. Myers lives with his family in Jersey City, New Jersey.

In His Own Words...

I am a product of Harlem and of the values, color, toughness and caring that I found there as a child.I learned my flat jump shot in the church basement and got my first kiss during recess at Bible school.I played the endless street games kids played in the pre-television days and paid enough attention to candy and junk food to dutifully alarm my mother.

From my foster parents, the Deans, I received the love that was ultimately to strengthen me, even when I had forgotten its source.It was my foster mother, a half Indian-half German woman, who taught me to read, though she herself was barely literate.

I had a speech difficulty but didn't view it as anything special.It wasn't necessary for me to be much of a social creature once I discovered books.Books took me, not so much to foreign lands and fanciful adventures, but to a place within myself that I have been constantly exploring ever since.

The George Bruce Branch of the public Library was my most treasured place.I couldn't believe my luck in discovering what I enjoyed most — reading — was free.And I was tough enough to carry the books home through the streets without too many incidents.

At sixteen it seemed a good idea to leave school, and so I did.On my seventeenth birthday I joined the army.After the army there were jobs — some good, some bad, few worth mentioning.Leaving school seemed less like a good idea.

Writing for me has been many things.It was a way to overcome the hindrance of speech problems as I tried to reach out to the world.It was a way of establishing my humanity in a world that often ignores the humanity of those in less favored positions.It was a way to make a few extra dollars when they were badly needed.

What I want to do with the writing keeps changing, too.Perhaps I just get clearer in what it is I am doing.I'm sure that after I'm dead someone will lay it all out nicely.I'd hate to see what kind of biography my cat, Askia, would write about me.Probably something like "Walter Dean Myers had enormous feet, didn't feed me on time, and often sat in my favorite chair."At any rate, what I think I'm doing now is rediscovering the innocence of children that I once took for granted.I cannot relive it or reclaim it, but I can expose it and celebrate it in the books I write.I really like people — I mean I really like people — and children are some of the best people I know.

I've always felt it a little pretentious to write about yourself, but it's not too bad if you don't write too much.

-- Walter Dean Myers

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060731595
Author:
Grifalconi, Ann
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Illustrator:
Grifalconi, Ann
Author:
Grifalconi, Ann
Author:
by Walter Dean Myers and Ann Grifalconi
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Historical - Asia
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Military and War
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9 x 11 in 7.04 oz
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Camouflage endpapers set the stage for Myers's (Handbook for Boys: A Novel) unusual and gripping picture book set in Vietnam and geared to older readers. 'The land of my enemy has wide valleys, mountains that stretch along the far horizon, rushing brown rivers, and thick green forests,' the riveting narrative poem begins. Grifalconi's (the Everett Anderson books) sophisticated mixed-media collage shows a breathtaking vista, lush with trees, jagged mountains and terraced hillsides. On the next spread, Myers drops readers into the jungle with the narrator, a young American soldier, and his squad of nine men. The protagonist makes a nerve-wracking trek ('Somewhere in the forest, hidden in the shadows, is the enemy'), witnesses a bombing raid ('My body shakes. I tell myself that I will not die on this bright day') and comes face-to-face with an enemy soldier ('In a heartbeat, we have learned too much about each other' — neither fires). Myers, who fought in Vietnam, lays bare the young man's emotions. Short phrases combine power with grace as the author artfully conveys the outward events of warfare and the resulting inner turmoil: in the village, the young man sees 'the enemy. A brown woman with rivers of age etched deeply into her face. An old man, his eyes heavy with memory.' Grifalconi, too, subtly highlights war's absurd contradictions. One particularly striking scene finds the G.I. facing his enemy across a field alight with heartbreakingly lovely flowers and wildlife. Readers will hope this is as close as they ever get to the real thing. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Vietnam.

A young American soldier waits for his enemy, rifle in hand, finger on the trigger. He is afraid to move and yet afraid not to move. Gunshots crackle in the still air. The soldier fires blindly into the distant trees at an unseen enemy. He crouches and waits — heart pounding, tense and trembling, biting back tears. When will it all be over?

Walter Dean Myers joined the army on his seventeeth birthday, at the onset of American involvement in Vietnam, but it was the death of his brother in 1968 that forever changed his mind about war.

In a gripping and powerful story-poem, the award-winning author takes readers into the heart and mind of a young soldier in an alien land who comes face-to-face with the enemy. Strikingly illustrated with evocative and emotionally wrenching collages by Caldecott Honor artist Ann Grifalconi, this unforgettable portrait captures one American G.L's haunting experience.

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