It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way Review

Gyo Fujikawa's iconic children's books are beloved all over the world. Now it's time for Gyo's story to be told -- a story of artistic talent that refused to be constrained by rules or expectations.

Growing up quiet and lonely at the beginning of the twentieth century, Gyo learned from her relatives the ways in which both women and Japanese people lacked opportunity. Her teachers and family believed in her and sent her to art school and later Japan, where her talent flourished. But while Gyo's career grew and led her to work for Walt Disney Studios, World War II began, and with it, her family's internment. But Gyo never stopped fighting -- for herself, her vision, her family and her readers -- and later wrote and illustrated the first children's book to feature children of different races interacting together.

This luminous new book beautifully and openly touches on Gyo's difficult experiences and growth. Through Julie Morstad's exquisite illustrations, alternating between striking black-and-white linework and lush colour, and Kyo Maclear's artful and accessible writing, the story of this cherished figure is told at last.

Title:It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way
Edition Language:English

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    It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan

    Lovely, informative, powerful biography of an artist and rule breaking visionary. It’s an excellent book and it touched me deeply. I loved the true story, I enjoyed the art, and I appreciated the mo...

  • Dave Schaafsma

    Super-duo author Kyo Maclear and illustrator Julie Morstad, previously published Julia, Child and Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, both wonderful especially because of Julie Morst...

  • La Coccinelle

    That cover isn't exactly enticing, and I might not have requested this book had it not been for the subject matter, and the author and illustrator involved.The illustrations on the inside are much mor...

  • Abigail

    Canadian author/illustrator team Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad, whose previous collaborations include Julia, Child and Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli , turn to the story o...

  • Etienne

    A short/children biography book about following your dream. I like the minimalistic illustrations style and the inspiring story. Not sure how children would enjoy it, myself find it a bit long, becaus...

  • Kathryn

    Absolutely outstanding picture book biography of one of my favorite children's book author/illustrators, Gyo Fujikawa (Gyo pronounced "ghee-o"). I've delighted in her illustrations since I was a child...

  • Shaye Miller

    From a very young age, Gyo Fujikawa loved to fill pages with her artwork. One of her teachers in high school found a way to get her through art school and she was eventually hired by the Walt Disney...

  • Abby Johnson

    Do you know Gyo Fujikawa? You might, even if you don't think so. She was a children's book artist and author, the first to publish illustrations of multicultural children in an American book. I recogn...

  • Natalie

    Gorgeous illustrations and introduced me to a really cool woman!...

  • Renee

    Holy Cow. Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad knocked this book out of the water with their biography of Gyo Fujikawa, a pioneering Japanese American artist, muralist, and illustrator who published one of t...