Annotations for Words to My Life's Song


Baker & Taylor
An introduction to the life and career of the writer and artist Ashley Bryan, a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award.

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Baker & Taylor
Told through drawings and photographs, the author's autobiography demonstrates his love for art and drawing which always sustained him even though he was turned away from art school because of his color.

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Baker & Taylor
Told through drawings and photographs, the author's inspiring autobiography demonstrates his love for art and drawing which always sustained him even though he was turned away from art school because of his color, grew up through the Great Depression, and served his country in World War II.

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Simon and Schuster
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!

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