It Began With A Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew The Way

Maclear, K.
A historical picture book that will inspire and engage readers, it tells the life story of Gyo Fujikawa—a successful author and illustrator—and describes the trials, tribulations, and triumphs she faced during her life. Gyo is a Japanese girl from an immigrant family living in America who was imprisoned during World War II. She navigates adversities such as racism, exclusion, segregation, and civil rights issues as she uses her passion for art and begins to create drawings that inspire change. Suitable for students in Grade 4 and up, this book may encourage explorations of self, identity, and the world. As a classroom read-aloud, the story may provoke discussions about cultural heritage, immigration, segregation, and inclusion. Additionally, the imagery may motivate students to reflect on how Gyo’s art challenged the status quo at the time and create artwork that challenges today’s societal norms.
Arts Education
  • 4-10

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