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|Paper son : the inspiring story of Tyrus Wong, immigrant and artist|
Author: Leung, Julie
A picture-book biography of animator Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American immigrant responsible for bringing Disney's Bambi to life.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 506049
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
School Library Journal (09/01/19)
Booklist (+) (08/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/19)
The Hornbook (00/11/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2019 *Starred Review* When he was nine years old, Tyrus Wong became a “Paper Son,” using a false name and pretending to be another boy in order to immigrate with his father to the U.S., or “Gold Mountain.” After months alone on Angel Island being questioned by immigration authorities, Wong was finally reunited with his dad, taking up a tough life as the new kid in a place where he didn’t know the language. He went on to art school while working nights as a janitor and eventually became the art director of Disney’s Bambi, though he never received the credit he deserved. Leung’s reverent, poetic prose captures the subject’s lifelong love of art and his perseverance through adversity. Sasaki’s lush renderings are reminiscent of the animator’s iconic style, heavily influenced by his Chinese heritage. Young readers and aspiring artists will pore over the stunning digital art, which presents an ink-and-watercolor style. The entire collaboration highlights the many contributions immigrants have made to our country and its culture, making this a lovely work for all shelves, displays centering artists, units on immigration, or showcases during Asian American History Month. Notes from author and artist, in addition to photos of Wong and his family, add further context and value to this gorgeous picture-book biography about an unsung hero of animation and Chinese American history. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 PreS-Gr 3—From humble origins as a nine-year-old Chinese immigrant with false papers, Tyrus Wong challenged adversity to become a professional artist. Celebrated as the man behind the design for Disney's Bambi, Wong worked for other film studios as well. Leung's smooth exposition emphasizes the difficulties facing young Wong Geng Yeo, who traveled in 1921 under the identity of Look Tai Yow, a merchant's son, in order to evade the restrictions of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Days of practice on the long voyage allowed him to pass his immigration interview and be released to join his father, but only after an extended detention on Angel Island. Wong finished high school and art school, but continued to face discrimination as a Disney employee. Sasaki's digital illustrations portray him as the single non-white man among a group of Disney animators drawing the repetitive "in between" frames of movies. The art often reflects the style of Chinese watercolor and ink paintings. One notable spread shows the artist working as a janitor, swirling his mop trails to paint a running horse on a tile floor. Other images are stylized but recognizable and appropriate to the mood and the period. The helpful back matter includes author and illustrator notes and photos from the Wong family albums, including his immigration card. The endpapers feature the kites Wong designed and flew on the beach near his California home. VERDICT A well-told story that spotlights the too-often unrecognized talent and contributions of America's immigrants.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.