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The Wall

Growing Up Behind The Iron Curtain

By Peter Sís, 1949-

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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Publish Date

2007

ISBN

9780374347017


Format: Book
Author: Sís, Peter, 1949-
Summary: 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.
Title: The wall : growing up behind the Iron Curtain / Peter Sís.
Publisher Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Subject: Sís, Peter, 1949- -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature. Illustrators -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature Czech Americans -- Biography -- Juvenile literature. Czechoslovakia -- Social conditions -- 1945-1992 -- Juvenile literature. Czechoslovakia -- History -- 1945-1992 -- Juvenile literature.
Isbn: 9780374347017 (hc.) 0374347018 (hc.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 28
System Items Total: 28
Call Number: CB Sis
Oclc: 70839815
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Bib Id: 282622

Format: Book
Author: Sís, Peter, 1949-
Summary: 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.
Title: The wall : growing up behind the Iron Curtain / Peter Sís.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill., maps ; 32 cm.
Subjects: Sís, Peter, 1949- -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Illustrators -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
Subjects: Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
Subjects: Czech Americans -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Czechoslovakia -- Social conditions -- 1945-1992 -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Czechoslovakia -- History -- 1945-1992 -- Juvenile literature.
Notes: "Frances Foster books."
LCCN: 2006049149
ISBN: 9780374347017 (hc.)
ISBN: 0374347018 (hc.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 28
Total Copies: 28
Call Number: CB Sis