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

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • DaNae

    A fine art biography with plenty of American history thrown in. I love the connection made from her art and the changing culture in the 1960s. ...

  • Hannah

    IT BEGAN WITH A PAGE sheds brilliant light on one of America's most forward-thinking artists and children's book makers, showing a woman who used her art to create a more inclusive and bright world. M...

  • Stephanie

    Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad are together again to bring us the beautiful non-fiction picture book It Began with a Page, a story about authorstrator Gyo Fujikawa, a Japanese-American writer and illus...

  • Storywraps

    I love biographies, especially when they are about talented creative activists that make positive changes in our world. Japanese American Gyo Fujikawa is one of those women. As a little girl she felt ...

  • Bethany

    IT BEGAN WITH A PAGE brings us through the journey of Gyo Fujikawa, an incredible Japanese artist and author. Since she was a child, Gyo loved to draw. Whenever a blank white page sat in front of her,...

  • Nick

    This is an excellent picture book biography of a picture book artist who is too often overlooked now. Her life and career are fascinating, and as told in this book, the story will entertain and inform...

  • April Gray

    What a lovely book! The illustrations by Julie Morstad compliment the text by Kyo Maclear perfectly, paying tribute to Gyo Fujikawa's soft, colorful style. The story is told simply, with poetic langua...

  • Leah Horton

    It Began With A Page is a fascinating true story about Gyo Fujikawas life. A Japanese American born in 1908 in California, her life was filled with hardship, struggles and tribulations. Being a Japane...