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

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    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...

  • 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 Disneyā€...

  • Natalie

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • June

    A biography of a Japanese artist who worked to make children's books more inclusive. While she wasn't interned in American camps during WWII, her parents were....

  • Julie

    Having just read The Queens of Animation not too long ago, I jumped at the chance to read this short bio about Gyo Fujikawa. It's beautifully done and the illustrations are lovely. I also ordered two ...

  • Sandi

    World's Magazine Children's Book of the Year Recommendation. Beautiful story about the life of artist Gyo Fujikawa, including child-appropriate depiction of Japanese-Americans' treatment in the US dur...