Module 12: The Wall

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 2:39 am

Book Summary:  The book is written as a biography describing the baby that he can draw since he can remember.  He draws what he thinks but is soon told what to do and what to draw.  He describes that the Secret Police is nosy and look into everything.  A diary is written inside the book of the month and year what he wrote.  The government did not approve anything Western and blocked any connection of what may have influence on East Germany.  The illustrations provide a connection with the story how it was slightly influenced but then shut back down again.  Different band came into the city but the Secret Police disapproved even long hair was a sign of Western influence.  However, as he grew older he knew that drawing can be a little push to described feelings and have people hope.  He dreamed one day he would ride free into the night to become something and live free in a world.

Sis, P.  (2007).  The Wall.  NY:  Frances Foster Books.

Impressions:  Reading this book was different because each photograph had captions.  Reading each caption described what was going on behind The Wall.  The author wrote about his life about the wall and I was informed of what happened in that era.  The confrontation between the U.S. and East Germany caused rifts between the government.  It’s a children’s book and I was impressed by the details of his life by the details how the school taught them how to be in a communist society.

Professional Review:

Bush, E.  (2007, October).  The Wall:  Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain (review)

       [Review of the book The Wall, by P.S].

       Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 85(1), 54.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2355/journals/bulletin_of_the_center_for_childrens_books/v061/61.2bush01.html

“Thirty sentences, give or take the odd ellipsis, form the armature upon which Sís recontructs his early growth as an artist, and a few dozen journal entries add a lean layer of flesh to the tale. The real substance of this inventively fashioned autobiography, however, lies in the images—some tidily sequential, others boldly sprawling double bleeds—that trace Sís’ creative journey from a toddler compelled to doodle to a young professional compelled to leave his native Czechoslovakia in the early 1980s for liberty in the West. And if readers just happen to find themselves inadvertently expanding their knowledge of the Cold War, that makes their own literary journey all the richer.”

Library Uses:  A puppet theater can be used for this children’s book.  It would engage the children to learn about history and East Germany.  There could be a gray background and a colorful background explaining the purpose of freedom.  It would be easy to describe that the classes taught were not enjoyable and were told what to do.  It is important to learn creativity and imagination.


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