The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought For Justice With Art

ISBN-10: 1419741306
ISBN-13: 9781419741302
Author: Levinson, Cynthia
Illustrated by: Turk, Evan
Interest Level: K-5
Publisher: Abrams Books

Publication Date: April 2021

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 48

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Interest Level

Grades K-5

Reading Level

Guided Reading: W
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.8
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage

A lyrically told, exquisitely illustrated biography of influential Jewish artist and activist Ben Shahn. "The first thing I can remember," Ben said, "I drew." As an observant child growing up in Lithuania, Ben Shahn yearns to draw everything he sees--and, after seeing his father banished by the Czar for demanding workers' rights, he develops a keen sense of justice, too. So when Ben and the rest of his family make their way to America, Ben brings both his sharp artistic eye and his desire to fight for what's right. As he grows, he speaks for justice through his art--by disarming classmates who bully him because he's Jewish, by defying his teachers' insistence that he paint beautiful landscapes rather than true stories, by urging the US government to pass Depression-era laws to help people find food and jobs.
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