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Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South

Toyomi Igus

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ISBN 10: 051620288X / ISBN 13: 9780516202884
Published by Childrens Pr, 1996
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Title: Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the ...

Publisher: Childrens Pr

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition:Very Good

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More than half a century after her family moved North to find a better life, African American artist Michele Wood returned to the South to see and feel the land where her ancestors lived. In her first book for children, Wood presents her paintings inspired by this personal journey. Igus interprets her visual images and family stories. Full color.

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Grade 4 Up. Through vivid, mosaiclike paintings, Wood skillfully depicts her African-American family, her rich heritage, and ethnic motifs. Her expressionist style of painting is reminiscent of the work of John Biggers and Romare Bearden; the full-page, full-color reproductions are arrestingly beautiful and haunting. "Sunday Morning" and an unnamed picture of a blues singer are especially provocative. However, Igus's text is not a strong as the art. It largely interprets the painter's "scraps of memories," explaining her visual images and family references rather than telling a story. Beyond the mention of the period after the Civil War, the narrative provides no time frame for the artist's move back to the South, the exodus of black people to the booming northern industries, or when Nat Love " of the best cowboys of his time." Gwen Everett's lively Li'l Sis and Uncle Willie (Rizzoli, 1991) is a story about the life and art of William H. Johnson. The Great Migration (HarperCollins, 1993) relates an important chapter in American history through the art of Jacob Lawrence. Youngsters can use Wood's stunning artwork as a starting point to explore and weave their own family tales.?Marie Wright, University Library, Indianapolis, IN
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