Words to My Life's Song

Words to My Life's Song

By Ashley Bryan; Bill McGuinness (Photographer)

Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9781416905417, 58pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2009

Description

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!



About the Author
Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he has been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; he has also been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, a Coretta Scott King Award winner, and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include "Sail Away"; "Beautiful Blackbird"; "Beat the Story-Drum, Pum Pum"; "Let It Shine"; "Ashley Bryan s Book of Puppets"; and "What a Wonderful World". He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

McGuiness is a consultant and trainer for Moody Risk Management Services, specializing in cash flow dynamics.