It Began With A Page: How Gyu Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear
It Began With A Page: How Gyu Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear
It Began With A Page: How Gyu Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear
It Began With A Page: How Gyu Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear

It Began With A Page: How Gyu Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear

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From beloved team Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad (creators of Julia, Child and Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli ) comes an elegant picture book biography that portrays the most moving moments in the life of Gyo Fujikawa, a groundbreaking Japanese American hero in the fight for racial diversity in picture books.

Equal parts picture book biography, inspiring story, and a look at racial diversity in America, It Began with a Page is a gem for any book lover, librarian, or child who dares to dream big.

Growing up in California, Gyo Fujikawa always knew that she wanted to be an artist. She was raised among strong women, including her mother and teachers, who encouraged her to fight for what she believed in. During World War II, Gyo’s family was forced to abandon everything and was taken to an internment camp in Arkansas.

Far away from home, Gyo worked as an illustrator in New York while her innocent family was imprisoned. Seeing the diversity around her and feeling pangs from her own childhood, Gyo became determined to show all types of children in the pages of her books. There had to be a world where they saw themselves represented.

Gyo’s book Babies was initially rejected by her publisher, but after she insisted, they finally relented, and Babies went on to sell almost two million copies. Gyo’s books paved the way for publishers, teachers, and readers to see what we can be when we welcome others into our world.

The book includes extensive back matter, including a note from the creators, a timeline, archival photos, and further information on Gyo Fujikawa.

Condition: The book itself is in brand new condition, there is a slight fold and tear to the front part of the dust jacket.
Format: Hardcover 
Age: 4-8

As a little girl Kyo Maclear wanted very badly to be a fashion designer. She spent countless hours in her London home drawing crazy dresses, including a very special giant cloud dress. Although not a fashion designer, Maclear is the critically acclaimed author of many children's books including, Julia, Child, The Wish Tree, Virginia Wolf and Mr. Flux. Kyo holds an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and is a doctoral candidate at York University where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduat

Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and artist. She has many children's books including, Today, How To, and The Wayside. Her beautiful illustrations can be found in When Green Becomes Tomatoes; When I Was Small; This Is Sadie; Julia, Child and critically acclaimed Swan: The Life And Dance Of Anna Pavlova. Living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Julie enjoys her garden filled with dahlias, peonies, Cotton Candy grass, hydrangeas, cosmos and wildflowers.


Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the photo accurately depicts the condition of the book, the colour and imperfections may vary slightly from the images.