Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan

Words to My Life's Song

Book - 2009
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Ashley's autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting. Even as a boy growing up during the Depression, he painted -- finding cast off objects to turn into books and kites and toy and art. Even as a solder in the segregated Army on the beaches of Normandy, he sketched -- keeping charcoal crayons and paper in his gasmask to draw with during lulls. Even as a talented, visionary art student who was accepted and then turned away from college upon arrival, the school telling Ashley that to give a scholarship to an African American student would be a waste, he painted -- continuing to create art when he could have been discouraged, continuing to polish his talents when his spirit should have been beaten. Ashley went on to become a Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee, a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, and a multiple Coretta Scott King award winner. As you might imagine, his story is powerful, bursting with his creative energy, and a testament to believing in oneself. It's a book every child in America should have access to and it does what the very best autobiographies do; it inspires!
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781416905417
1416905413
Call Number: 921 BRYAN
Characteristics: 58 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Subjects: Bryan, Ashley -- Juvenile literature.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American authors -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Children's stories -- Authorship -- Juvenile literature.
African American illustrators -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American artists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Alternative Title: Words to my life's song.

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