Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Wall by Peter Sis

Peter Sis, acclaimed author and artist of many distinguished books including Starry Messenger, Tibet Through the Red Box and Madlenka, introduces his latest work which describes and illustrates his upbringing in Communist Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. It is a world of political indoctrination and compulsory government loyalty. As a child and teenager, Peter loved art and music but all of this was banned and censored in his country. He secretly painted and taped the Beatles, longing to be free. Peter studied painting and filmmaking at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of London before coming to the US in 1984 to follow his dreams. This is a Caldecott Honor book and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner, an interesting and enlightening read for both children and adults.

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