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The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Caldecott Honor Book) (edition 2007)

by Peter Sís

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Title:The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Caldecott Honor Book)
Authors:Peter Sís
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2007), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 56 pages
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The wall: growing up behind the Iron Curtain is a memoir of Peter Sis' life in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. Through his illustrations, the author Peter Sis shows what it was like as a child during the Iron Curtain. Communism was rampant and oppressed freedom and expression. They were told what to do and that was all they could do. However, as Peter grew older he began to question. Eventually, the communist reign had news of America spread. Peter heard about all kinds of things like rock n roll and joined a rock band. The Soviets had once again taken over but Peter knew that freedom and expression would not die. A really good book that captivates a very difficult time in a way for children to understand. ( )
  Matthew_Davis | Mar 31, 2018 |
Peter Sís tells a story about his own life during the Cold War in Czechoslovakia when it was invaded by Russians. This time shaped Peter into who he is today. This book goes through a timeline of the series of events that happened and how he responded to them as well as how it shaped him.
  kstapleton16 | Mar 19, 2018 |
This book is about a boy who lived in Czechoslovakia during the cold war. It goes through this boy growing up and how everything around him was about war but what he wanted was to be free. It is depicted through words and drawings from the little boy. ( )
  jasminenesbitt1 | Mar 6, 2018 |
This is a children’s story that shows a little boys perspective from the Cold War. He shows us things in his view and in his love of art through every important event that shaped him. ( )
  abrianawedin | Feb 19, 2018 |
I give this book four stars for being different than most books. This book reads like a comic strip but isn't funny. It tells the story of a kid who grew up in Soviet times and how restrictive their government was on everyone. The USSR controlled most of Eastern Europe, making times difficult for all. I like the little vignettes/journal entries sprinkled throughout the book. I also liked the bold words and random definitions. This book is more mature, so I would recommend older grades--probably not below fourth or fifth. ( )
  SavanaCampbell | Feb 5, 2018 |
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CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2008)
Renowned author and illustrator Peter Sís’ brilliant autobiographical exploration of the creative spirit offers his trademark blend of intricate visual images and narrative. Sís was born in Communist-controlled Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1949 and displayed artistic interests from very early on. His talents were indulged and encouraged within his home. At the same time, creativity and freedom of thought were being repressed in his school and throughout his homeland as the Iron Curtain rose and the Cold War escalated. Sís beautifully outlines the tension between socio-political repression and creativity through journal excerpts, actual drawings from his developing years as an artist, and hauntingly complex images outlining the historical context of turbulent times in Eastern Europe. Each image underscores how he questioned the world around him as a developing child and adolescent, especially as news of Western popular culture filtered through the curtain. Creative expression and opportunity exploded for the author in the spring of 1968, only to be crushed quickly by the totalitarian strong arm. Sís was able to hold on to his dreams, however, fueled by his indomitable spirit and the force of his own imagination. CCBC Category: Historical People, Places, and Events. 2007, Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus and Giroux, 48 pages, $18.00. Age 9 and older.

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As long as he could remember, he had loved to draw.
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I find it difficult to explain my childhood; it's hard to put it into words, and since I have always drawn everything, I have tried to draw my life-before America-for them.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374347018, Hardcover)

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
 
“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.

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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 Sis 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. Si;s 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.… (more)

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