Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

eBook - 2017
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James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read or use sign language. Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world. The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened "James Castle: A Retrospective in 2008." The 2013 Venice Biennale included eleven works by Castle in the feature exhibition "The Encyclopedic Palace." And his reputation continues to grow. Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say, author of the acclaimed memoir Drawing from Memory, takes readers through an imagined look at Castle's childhood, allows them to experience his emergence as an artist despite the overwhelming difficulties he faced, and ultimately reveals the triumphs that he would go on to achieve.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781338214420
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Rebecca_Kohn May 20, 2018

This is a powerful and sensitive illustrated biography of self-taught artist James Castle. Allen Say's gift for visual storytelling is a compelling medium for the history of James Castle, who was born deaf and relied on paper as means for communication. The book manages to convey through concise narrative and thoughtful illustrations the loneliness and frustrations of this artist who, although he had a family, experienced a tremendous amount of isolation. This book succeeds in communicating the need to value visual expression as much as verbal. While a great deal of Castle's work was lost or destroyed over the years, the remaining collected artwork is now curated and parts of it exhibited. For more information see

DPLjosie Mar 07, 2018

A beautifully told story of a self-taught artist.

Sometimes you come across a book that just blows you away. This is one of those. A biography about a deaf artist, told in words and pictures, drawn in the style of the subject artist. I can't speak highly enough about this work. Caldecott medal contender, absolutely.
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