Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Personal Stories

It's Illustration Tuesday.
One challenge many children's book creators face is trying to take material from their own lives and turn it into a book. There are minefields ahead when this is attempted. Often it is hard to mold the real events into art. What has universal significance? What should be left out? Should real events be altered for the sake of a story? In The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, Peter Sis took up this challenge in trying to express, both in words and pictures, what his early life was like in a communist country. He found expressing himself through his illustrations especially revealing. Read his interesting acceptance speech for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award here. You can look at a few of the illustrations from the book on Amazon here. Check the book out from your public library system. (Sorry I can't give you that link--but you do have it bookmarked, don't you? So handy to have!)

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