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Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood (English Edition) par [McMullan, James]
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A compelling and intricate tale. VanityFair.com The complex family relationships are carefully and delicately described, and details of the history of the period . . . are intriguing. The artwork nicely balances the text . . . And beyond their aesthetic qualities, the paintings bring significant emotional and cultural context to this story of a young artist s struggle for self-acceptance. NewYorkTimes.com Evocative . . . McMullan brings his early years alive through sprightly prose and the delicate, violet-tinged paintings that grace every page. Entertainment Weekly [A] compelling story . . . Leaving China is a collection of 55 short stories, each illustrated with a stunning full-page watercolor impressionistically illuminating McMullan s recollections. TheAtlantic.com Who knew that behind all those wonderful watercolors I have admired since coming to New York are all these magic memories of childhood? It is like finding pearls inside unexpected shells. Peter Sis, author of The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain [McMullan] tells his tumultuous story in a series of spreads with a one-page essay facing a full-page illustration. This structure gives the reader time to exhale and contemplate between emotional episodes. There are soldiers in the streets, long painful separations, and quiet pleasures. The publisher recommends the book for ages 12 and up. I hope it finds the large audience it deserves among the ups. The Boston Globe Fascinating . . . Deeply affecting. Minneapolis Star Tribune Leaving China is a beautiful book . . . The selection of events and scenes is unerring. The prose and the art go together remarkably. E. L. Doctorow The exquisite full-color pictures are filled with air and space, reminiscent of the Chinese scrolls that fascinated him as a child. These pictures and the evocative text are a happy exercise in harmony. A fascinating, seamless portrait of a young life and the wartime world that will have appeal not only to young readers but to a --Various

Présentation de l'éditeur

A memoir in paintings and words by internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and teacher James McMullan.

A Booklist Top 10 Biography for Youth

“It is this dreamlike quality of my memories that I wanted to capture in some way in the paintings that accompany the text--to suggest in the images that the events occurred a long time ago in a simpler yet more exotic world, and that the players in that world, including me, are at a distance.”

Artist James McMullan’s work has appeared in the pages of virtually every American magazine, on the posters for more than seventy Lincoln Center theater productions, and in bestselling picture books. Now, in a unique memoir comprising more than fifty short essays and illustrations, the artist explores how his early childhood in China and wartime journeys with his mother influenced his whole life, especially his painting and illustration.

James McMullan was born in Tsingtao, North China, in 1934, the grandson of missionaries who settled there. As a little boy, Jim took for granted a privileged life of household servants, rickshaw rides, and picnics on the shore—until World War II erupted and life changed drastically. Jim’s father, a British citizen fluent in several Chinese dialects, joined the Allied forces. For the next several years, Jim and his mother moved from one place to another—Shanghai, San Francisco, Vancouver, Darjeeling—first escaping Japanese occupation then trying to find security, with no clear destination except the unpredictable end of the war. For Jim, those ever-changing years took on the quality of a dream, sometimes a nightmare, a feeling that persists in the stunning full-page, full-color paintings that along with their accompanying text tell the story of Leaving China.


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 128 pages
  • Editeur : Algonquin Young Readers (25 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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HASH(0x8d927b7c) étoiles sur 5 Beautifully done. 27 mars 2014
Par Sullivan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I haven't bothered to put in a few words on any book (and I've liked many) for many a moon but this lovely little memoir has really delighted me. Gently done however with many dark strokes we enter his fabulous early life. His grandparents enter Yangchow, China in l887 as missionaries coming from Ballycotton, Ireland. His parents establish an export business (lace) and prosper. Of course, the world will not stay still and upends the McMullan family idyll. War lords from Japan enter the frame and sensitive young boy James absorbs the horrific fallout. ll0 pages, the story told on one side and illustrated on the facing page. Beautiful water colors capturing the moment.... BRAVO Jim McMullan and thanks.
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HASH(0x8ceb44c8) étoiles sur 5 A wonderful collection of short stories and pictures. 17 avril 2014
Par Teen Reads - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Artist and author James McMullan was born in Tsingtao, North China in 1934, where his parents managed a branch of a hand-made lace business that his grandparents had started --- the James McMullan Company. His grandparents --- members of a Protestant mission society who met and married in Yangzhou in 1887 --- moved to Yantai, where they ministered to local natives and opened a small clinic, a school and an orphanage. They started the company after teaching several girls in their orphanage to make lace.

McMullan’s first memory is throwing grapes at a neighbor’s dog in his backyard. One bounced off the side of the house. The dog went after it, but so did James. He reached it just before the dog did, causing the dog to bite him in frustration. The injury resulted in 20 stitches. James was two years old at the time. This childhood memory is the first painting and text pairing in the LEAVING CHINA.

The book is filled with reproductions of 50 original watercolor paintings that depict important events and milestones in McMullan’s childhood. Each painting is accompanied by text describing the incident, resulting in a wonderful collection of short stories and pictures about his childhood --- a pictorial memoir.

McMullan tells about his earliest memories from China, his journey to the U.S. during WWII, his travels to Shanghai, San Francisco, Vancouver and Darjeeling. During his early childhood, McMullan was an only child who enjoyed a privileged childhood in China, complete with rickshaw rides to a private school and a family cottage overlooking the beach. But all this changed when his father joined the Allied forces at the beginning of the war. McMullan and his mother were forced from one place to another, at first trying to escape safely from the Japanese occupation of China, and then trying to find a safe refuge until the end of the war. The images and text in the book tell McMullen’s unique story in a unique way.

McMullen is an internationally acclaimed illustrator as well as a New York Times bestselling author. His works have appeared in almost every national magazine as well as in a series of picture books he created with his wife, Kate McMullen.

Reviewed by Christine Irvin.
HASH(0x8cd8499c) étoiles sur 5 What a Treat! 28 mai 2014
Par Pam Drapala - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I love the water colored painted pages of James McMullan and his writings in the book. Each night, I read a few pages. I was sad when I finished reading the book. I will keep the book with my another art books as it inspires me to be a better artist and never give up on your dreams no matter what.
HASH(0x8d1aade0) étoiles sur 5 Great Memoir from the Brilliant Illustrator James McMullan 29 avril 2014
Par Roslyn M. Stendahl - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A fabulous visual memoir of the McMullan's childhoon in China before and during WWII. Anyone interested in his illustrations will love this book. He writes about incidents in his childhood and illustrates each one page incident so every spread has text and an illustration. It's a moving book to read.
HASH(0x8cfbcf84) étoiles sur 5 Important Book for Artistic and Musical Teenagers 13 octobre 2014
Par LWS - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an important book, but not for the obvious reason -- an autobiography of McMullan, complete with fabulous illustrations of China. This is a book where the text has real impact for artistic/musical children who do not fit in, who do not want to be cheerleaders or a football players, and who suffer mightily for their artistic bent.

I bought McMullan's book after attending gathering in which James McMullan was the guest speaker.
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