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In his Caldecott acceptance speech for GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, Allen Say told of his difficulty in separating his dreams from reality. For him this separation was not as important as finding a meaning behind the contradictions and choices we all must make in life and their consequences.

Early one morning a boy comes into town, hungry, and looking for work. He meets a sign painter who takes him on as a helper. The boy yearns to be a painter. The man offers him security.

The two are commissioned to paint a series of billboards in the desert. Each billboard has one word, Arrowstar. They do not know its meaning. As they are about to paint the last sign, the boy looks up and sees in the distance a magnificent structure. Is it real? They go to find out.

Through a simple text and extraordinary paintings, the reader learns of the temptation of safe choices and the uncertainties of following a personal dream. Here Allen Say tells a haunting and provocative story of dreams and choices for readers of all ages.

 
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read-Aloud Story)

Synopsis:

From a Caldecott medalist comes the story of an aspiring young artist whose life is changed by an assignment to paint a large billboard in the desert. Through Say's simple text and extraordinary color paintings, the readers learn of the temptation of safe choices and the uncertainties of following a personal dream.

Synopsis:

Caldecott medalist Allen Say seamlessly weaves together dreams and reality in this story of a boy and a sign painter traveling across the country painting billboards in the desert. Says awe-inspiring illustrations make this book one that should not be missed by readers of any age.

Synopsis:

A boy comes into a desert town and meets a sign painter who takes him on as a helper. The two are commissioned to paint a series of billboards in the desert, each with one word: Arrowstar. Readers learn of the temptation of safe choices and the uncertainties of following a personal dream. Full-color illustrations.

Synopsis:

Early one morning a boy comes into town looking for work. He meets a sign painter who takes him on as a helper, and they are commissioned to paint a series of billboards in the desert. Each billboard has only one word, Arrowstar. They do not know its meaning. As they are about to paint the last sign, the boy looks up and sees in the distance a magnificent structure. Is it real? Together, they go to find out.

Here Allen Say tells a haunting story of dreams and choices for readers of all ages. It is a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read-Aloud Story).

About the Author

Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book — published in 1972 — in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395979747
Author:
Say, Allen
Author:
Say, Allen
Publisher:
Harcourt Brace and Company
Location:
Boston, Mass.
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Art (painting sculpture artists architecture etc.)
Subject:
Signs and signboards
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Subject:
Children s Art-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper, Picture
Series Volume:
vol. 3
Publication Date:
October 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8.5 x 11 in 1 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 32 pages Walter Lorraine Books - English 9780395979747 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From a Caldecott medalist comes the story of an aspiring young artist whose life is changed by an assignment to paint a large billboard in the desert. Through Say's simple text and extraordinary color paintings, the readers learn of the temptation of safe choices and the uncertainties of following a personal dream.
"Synopsis" by , Caldecott medalist Allen Say seamlessly weaves together dreams and reality in this story of a boy and a sign painter traveling across the country painting billboards in the desert. Says awe-inspiring illustrations make this book one that should not be missed by readers of any age.
"Synopsis" by , A boy comes into a desert town and meets a sign painter who takes him on as a helper. The two are commissioned to paint a series of billboards in the desert, each with one word: Arrowstar. Readers learn of the temptation of safe choices and the uncertainties of following a personal dream. Full-color illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
Early one morning a boy comes into town looking for work. He meets a sign painter who takes him on as a helper, and they are commissioned to paint a series of billboards in the desert. Each billboard has only one word, Arrowstar. They do not know its meaning. As they are about to paint the last sign, the boy looks up and sees in the distance a magnificent structure. Is it real? Together, they go to find out.

Here Allen Say tells a haunting story of dreams and choices for readers of all ages. It is a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read-Aloud Story).

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