|Maya Lin : artist-architect of light and lines|
Author: Harvey, Jeanne Walker
The bold story of Maya Lin, the artist-architect who designed the Vietnam War Memorial.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 189685
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Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 71675
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/17)
School Library Journal (03/01/17)
The Hornbook (+) (00/07/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2017 In 1981, judges selected Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 entries. A senior at Yale University, Lin was just 21. In this introduction to the influential American designer, Harvey portrays Lin’s early inspirations, from the forests and hills of her Ohio hometown and the progressive professions of her parents (her poet mother and clay-artist father, both Chinese immigrants, “never told Maya what to be or how to think”) to “the patterns of light and lines” in buildings at Yale and abroad. The book also emphasizes Lin’s artistic process, revealing the impetus—a reflective sliver in the earth’s surface—for what would be her first (of many) major works of art, and the mashed potato models, sketches, and backlash that accompanied it. All the while, the clean lines in Phumiruk’s deliberately sparse, light-infused spreads and the placement of slender, pillarlike passages of text reinforce the breathtaking beauty of Lin’s sleek landmark. With a closing author’s note detailing Lin’s motivations for projects past and present, this is an artful resource for dreamers of all ages. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 Gr 1–3—So often do we admire and revere our national monuments without giving much thought to those who conceptualized and created them. This quietly inspiring title offers a biographical sketch of Maya Lin, the designer and architect behind Washington's Vietnam Veterans Memorial, completed in 1982. Although the text does not delve deeply into all of the specifics of Lin's life, it imparts basic information about her childhood interest in art and architecture, describes her college studies to strengthen these skills, and explains how as a senior in college she entered a contest and came to create an iconic and poignant monument. Also addressed are the controversies that came with Lin being selected for this project, the opposition she faced, and the way she bravely stood her ground and championed her design and the reasoning behind it. The simple yet lyrical narrative flows effortlessly and will not overwhelm young readers. Lin's story encourages the study of art, architecture, and engineering, making it an ideal choice to pair with STEAM-related activities. The soft color palette of the digital illustrations (made with scans of watercolors and textures) provides a complementary backdrop to the words, and Phumiruk ably conveys Lin's determination. VERDICT While this book is not comprehensive, it contextualizes the topic and presents an optimal opportunity to spark conversations on art and war. A fine pick for any public or school library collection.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.