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The Wall

Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain

Sís, Peter

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Wall
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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 Westslowly 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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374347018
9780374347017
Branch Call Number: jgn 943.704 SIS
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill., maps ;,32 cm

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By combining history with his memories, author and illustrator Peter Sís takes us through Prague from 1948 to 1989. gr. 5-10

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 quest... Read More »

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 quest... Read More »


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Dec 15, 2014
  • LarryFriend rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a surprise hit for us--this Peter Sis book fascinates in the way that only a first hand account can. His memories of a childhood in Czechoslovakia are gripping, and his unique illustrations are memorable. Highly recommend this book! I stumbled across this author and now seek out his work. This book makes us all appreciate the freedom of artistic expression and not take it for granted; my kids were fascinated by the idea that Sis was told what he could draw as a child at school. The Prague Spring is beautifully illustrated. SIs is unique and very talented.

Artist Peter Sis draws pictures, accompanied by his journal entries, to show what his life was like in Prague, Czechoslovakia, when it was a Communist country. Picture book format.

Sep 29, 2013
  • trurban rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a really interesting book written by someone who grew up in a communist country. The drawings are clever and cute. The message is simple. Communism ideals sound alluring to some who have not lived that kind of society, but fall short in many ways. Let us not forget these lessons.

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