Just Jerry: How Drawing Shaped My Life

ISBN-10: 0316383856
ISBN-13: 9780316383851
Author: Pinkney, Jerry
Illustrated by: Pinkney, Jerry
Interest Level: 3-7
Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: January 2023

Copyright: 2023

Page Count: 160

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Grades 3-7

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BISAC Subjects


JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism

An inspiring memoir of one of the most acclaimed children's book illustrators of all time, sharing the story ofa young artist who finds the courage to follow his passion against all odds. Jerry Pinkney drew everywhere, all the time. It was how he made sense of the world--how he coped with the stress of being a sensitive child growing up in crowded spaces, struggling with a learning disability, in a time when the segregation of Black Americans was the norm. Only drawing could offer him a sense of calm, control, and confidence. When friends and siblings teased him about having the nickname "Jerry" as his only name, his mother always said, "Just 'Jerry' is enough. He'll make something of that name someday." And so he did, eventually becoming one of the most celebrated children's book illustrators of all time and paving the way for countless other Black artists. Jerry's vivid recollections and lively sketchbook drawings of his youth in postwar America tell an inspiring story of how a hardworking boy pursued his passion in less-than-ideal circumstances and became a legendary artist against all odds.
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