The Wall: Expanding Up Driving the Iron Curtain (Caldecott Honor Reserve)
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“I was born at the starting of it all, on the Red side—the Communist side—of the Iron Curtain.” As a result of annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what everyday living was like for a child who cherished to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Younger Pioneer, stood guard at the huge statue of Stalin, and believed whatsoever he was advised to imagine. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to look in the Iron Curtain, and information from the West slowly but surely filtered into the nation. Sís uncovered about beat poetry, rock ‘n’ roll, blue denims, and Coca-Cola. He allow his hair increase extended, secretly browse banned books, and joined a rock band. Then arrived the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teen who wanted to see the environment and meet up with the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, introduced to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this quick flowering had offered a glimpse of new possibilities—creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed.
By becoming a member of memory and history, Sís requires us on his amazing journey: from infant with paintbrush in hand to youthful man borne aloft by the wings of his art. This title has Common Main connections.
The Wall is a 2007 New York Occasions E book Review Finest Illustrated Book of the Calendar year, a 2008 Caldecott Honor E book, a 2008 Lender Road – Most effective Kid’s Book of the Calendar year, the winner of the 2008 Boston World – Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, and a nominee for the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Young ones.