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A memoir in paintings and words by internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and teacher James McMullan A Booklist TopBiography for YouthIt 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 yetexotic world, and that the players in that world, including me, are at a distance Artist James McMullans work has appeared in the pages of virtually every American magazine, on the posters forthan seventy Lincoln Center theater productions, and in bestselling picture books Now, in a unique memoir comprisingthan 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 , 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 shoreuntil World War II erupted and life changed drastically Jims 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 anotherShanghai, San Francisco, Vancouver, Darjeelingfirst 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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