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Caldecott Honor Book
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978146685583056 Pages, Ages 8-12
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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. This title has Common Core connections.
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.
NYT Best Illustrated BOTY, Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, Orbis Pictus, School Library Best Books of the Year, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Booklist Editors' Choice, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Caldecott Honor Book, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Robert F. Sibert Award - Medal, New Mexico Battle of the Books Master List, Eisner Award Nominee, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, NYPLC Children's Books 100, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, Booklist Top 10 Biographies for Youth, VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Amazon.com Top 10 Editors' Picks: Children, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, North Dakota Flicker Tale Children's Award Master List, Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, Illinois Read for a Lifetime Award Master List, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, Parents' Choice Award Winner, ALA Notable Children's Books, Booklinks Lasting Connection, New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Books of the Year, Utah Beehive Book Award Master List
From The Wall
"When my American family goes to visit my Czech family in the colorful city of Prague, it is hard to convince them it was ever a dark place full of fear, suspicion, and lies. I find it difficult to explain...
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