The Girl Who Lived to Draw
By Deborah Kogan Ray
(Viking Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780670062928, 40pp.)
Publication Date: October 2, 2008
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Wanda Gág (pronounced ?Gog?) is well known as the author and illustrator of Millions of Cats, one of the best-loved children?s books ever published. But not many people know how interesting and inspiring her life was.
Following in the footsteps of her beloved artist father, Wanda led an idyllic childhood, drawing and listening to old-world fairy tales. But when her father died, it was teenage Wanda who worked hard to keep her seven younger siblings fed, clothed, and laughing. She never lost sight of her love of art, however, and her tremendous willpower won her a coveted scholarship to the Art Students League in New York City and then led to a gallery show of her artwork?where an editor of children?s books got an idea for a book. The rest, as they say, is history!
Deborah Kogan Ray has received high praise and starred reviews for her books about famous artists and writers, including To Go Singing Through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda and Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain. She lives in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.