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I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side - the Communist side - of the Iron Curtain. Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Si;s learned about beat poetry, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teenager who wanted to see the world and meet the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, brought to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this brief flowering had provided a glimpse of new possibilities - creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library J 943.704 SIS (Text) 33892100703298 Children's New Books Book None 10/02/2020 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0374347018 (hc.)
  • ISBN: 9780374347017 (hc.)
  • Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.), maps ; 31 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

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General Note:
"Frances Foster books"--T.p.
Summary, etc.:
I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side - the Communist side - of the Iron Curtain. Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Si;s learned about beat poetry, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teenager who wanted to see the world and meet the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, brought to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this brief flowering had provided a glimpse of new possibilities - creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader Middle Grades 5.2 1.0
Awards Note:
Caldecott Honor Book ; The Robert F. Sibert Medal.
Caldecott Honor Book 2008.
The Robert F. Sibert Medal 2008.
Subject: Sís, Peter, 1949- > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Illustrators > United States > Biography > Biography
Authors, American > 20th century > Biography > Biography
Czech Americans > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Czechoslovakia > Social conditions > 1945-1992 > Juvenile literature.
Czechoslovakia > History > 1945-1992 > Juvenile literature.
Sís, Peter, 1949-
Illustrators > United States
Authors, American
Czechoslovakia
Genre: Picture books for children.

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