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Li'l Sis and Uncle Willie : a story based on the life and paintings of William H. Johnson

by Everett, Gwen.

Format: Print Book 1991
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection j ND237.J73 E94 1991
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j ND237.J73 E94 1991
Millvale Community Library Juvenile Picture Books CHF EVE
Location  Millvale Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
Call Number  CHF EVE
A story based on the life and art of William Henry Johnson. Artist Johnson is remembered for his bold, folk-style paintings of black life. Everett does the job with flair and finesse.--Booklist. An intelligent and inspirational book for children of all cultures.--Publishers Weekly. Winner of a 1992 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award. (Rizzoli
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5-10. African American artist William H. Johnson is remembered for his bold, folk art-style paintings of black life. Using those paintings, gathered from the National Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian as illustrations, this handsome book introduces Johnson as seen through the eyes of his five-year-old niece, Li'l Sis. To Sis, Johnson is Uncle Willie. He returns to Florence, South Carolina, after having lived in Scandinavia, France, and North Africa. With his paintings as showpieces, Willie tells Sis and her doll, Lillian, stories about picking cotton in the field, the jitterbug world of Harlem, and the freedom of city life. Sis wants to follow Willie to his home in Denmark, but World War II breaks out, and, though her uncle moves back to New York and continues to write and send pictures, she never sees him again. There are obvious difficulties in wrapping a story around available pictures; however, Everett does the job with flair and finesse. Occasionally the text seems forced ("He had studied for many years at an art school in New York called the National Academy of Design"), but for the most part, this works as a remembrance as well as a showcase for the enduring images in Johnson's vibrant, jump-out-at-you art: Willie's mother, steadfast, staring straight on from her rocking chair; a baptism in the river, performed while the congregation wings on the shore. See also the Audiovisual Media section, p.1046, for a review of a new video about Johnson's life. ~--Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "L'il Sis learns about far-away cities and cultures through Uncle Willie's vibrant paintings. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Johnson, William H., -- 1901-1970.
African Americans -- Biography.
Painting, American.
Publisher Washington, DC : New York :National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution ;1991
Rizzoli International,
Contributors National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
Language English
Description 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 0847814629
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