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The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain

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ISBN13: 9780374347017
ISBN10: 0374347018
Condition: Student Owned
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Peter Sis is a master children's book author and illustrator, as his newest work clearly demonstrates. Combining intricate, beautiful artwork with autobiography and political history, he creates a poignant, deeply personal story about Cold War Czechoslovakia. Sis defines the value of artistic freedom in a book that is innovative and visually stunning.
Recommended by Sarah H., Powells.com

This is an amazing personal story about war, youth, creativity, and freedom. The Wall recounts Sis's life growing up in Czechoslovakia during the height of the Cold War. A must-read for anyone who loves the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the American Dream.
Recommended by Sarah H., Powells.com

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“I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side—the Communist side—of the Iron Curtain.” Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Sís learned about beat poetry, rock n roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teenager who wanted to see the world and meet the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, brought to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this brief flowering had provided a glimpse of new possibilities—creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed.

 

By joining memory and history, Sís takes us on his extraordinary journey: from infant with paintbrush in hand to young man borne aloft by the wings of his art.

 
The Wall is a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book, a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, the winner of the 2008 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, and a nominee for the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids.

About the Author

PETER SÍS, a MacArthur Fellow and internationally renowned artist, received Caldecott Honors for Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei and Tibet Through the Red Box. He has lived in and around New York City since 1984.

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crowyhead, June 24, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This Caldecott Honor book is Peter Sis's autobiographical account of growing up in Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia. Sis combines beautiful illustrations and personal recollections with factual information about the time period. This book might be a bit of a tough sell to a lot of younger readers, but it would be excellent in the classroom, and the graphic novel-esque quality might attract children and young adults who might not otherwise pick up an autobiography or history book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374347017
Author:
Sis, Peter
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Ss, Peter
Subject:
History
Subject:
History - Europe
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Art
Subject:
Art - Painting
Subject:
Art
Subject:
People & Places - Europe
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
People
Subject:
Places/Europe
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Picture Book Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes full-color illustrations throug
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
12.00 x 9.00 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 56 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - English 9780374347017 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Peter Sis is a master children's book author and illustrator, as his newest work clearly demonstrates. Combining intricate, beautiful artwork with autobiography and political history, he creates a poignant, deeply personal story about Cold War Czechoslovakia. Sis defines the value of artistic freedom in a book that is innovative and visually stunning.

"Staff Pick" by ,

This is an amazing personal story about war, youth, creativity, and freedom. The Wall recounts Sis's life growing up in Czechoslovakia during the height of the Cold War. A must-read for anyone who loves the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the American Dream.

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