Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Silent Days, Silent Dreams Review

James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read, or use sign language.

Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened "James Castle: A Retrospective" in 2008. The 2013 Venice Biennale included eleven works by Castle in the feature exhibition "The Encyclopedic Palace."  And his reputation continues to grow.

Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say, author of the acclaimed memoir Drawing from Memory, takes readers through an imagined look at Castle's childhood, allows them to experience his emergence as an artist despite the overwhelming difficulties he faced, and ultimately reveals the triumphs that he would go on to achieve.

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  • Richard Derus

    Rating: 5* of fiveUPDATE! AWARD NEWS! The 2018 American Library Association Awards honored Author Say's work with its Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the di...

  • David Schaafsma

    Read this book, one of my favorite favorite books! Partly for personal reasons, as the father of two kids with special needs. And so subtle and muted and lovely, a fantastic production. Allen Say is a...

  • Mir

    Brilliantly done, emotionally evocative, artistically fascinating, really rather depressing biography of deaf artist Jim Castle.Be sure to read the fore and aft notes as well....

  • Moira Macfarlane

    4.5 starSilent Days, Silent Dreams is the story of James Castle, artist (1899-1977, Idaho), who was born deaf, mute, autistic and probably dyslexic. With all his disabilities he lived his life in oppr...

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    I think what will appeal to young readers here is the fact that James Castle was deaf, mute, autistic, possibly dyslexic, illiterate, and never learned to speak or use sign language, yet taught himsel...

  • La Coccinelle

    Um... no. Aside from being full of conjecture, this "biography" about an artist doesn't even feature any pictures of the artist's work! Allen Say instead did all the drawings, imitating Castle's style...

  • Elaine Fultz

    Fascinating fictional biography but it's unclear who created the artwork in the book. Did Say do it all or is some of it the subject of the bio, James Castle? If it's all Say's artwork in Castle's sty...

  • Donalyn

    Stunning biography of artist James Castile. ...

  • J & J

    Didn't seem to fit the intended audience. ...

  • Patricia

    Read for Librarian Book GroupFive stars for introducing me to the art of James Castle, someone I'd never heard of, despite being raised in Idaho.  However, those five stars run away quickly,  starti...