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Oh! I'm very excited to read the first review of MAYA LIN: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, published in BOOKLIST and in particular the review stating that this book " "is an artful resource for dreamers of all ages." :

"In 1981, judges selected Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 entries. A senior at Yale University, Lin was just 21. In this introduction to the influential American designer, Harvey portrays Lin’s early inspirations, from the forests and hills of her Ohio hometown and the progressive professions of her parents (her poet mother and clay-artist father, both Chinese immigrants, “never told Maya what to be or how to think”) to “the patterns of light and lines” in buildings at Yale and abroad.

The book also emphasizes Lin’s artistic process, revealing the impetus—a reflective sliver in the earth’s surface—for what would be her first (of many) major works of art, and the mashed potato models, sketches, and backlash that accompanied it.

All the while, the clean lines in Phumiruk’s deliberately sparse, light-infused spreads and the placement of slender, pillarlike passages of text reinforce the breathtaking beauty of Lin’s sleek landmark. With a closing author’s note detailing Lin’s motivations for projects past and present, this is an artful resource for dreamers of all ages. — Briana Shemroske"


Spring 2017 Children's Sneak Previews"

MACMILLAN/HENRY HOLT/CHRISTY OTTAVIANO BOOKS

"Christy Ottaviano Books finds three’s a crowd with Romeo, Juliet and Jim by Larry Schwarz and Iva-Marie Palmer, in which Jim threatens to destroy the romance of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet by winning Juliet’s heart; Monkey Brother by Adam Auerbach, showcasing the sibling rivalry between a boy and his brother, who happens to be a monkey; Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illus. by Dow Phumiruk, a portrait of the designer of the Vietnam War Memorial; Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt, about a girl who attempts to brighten the lives of her cranky grandfather and the residents of his motel by planting a flower garden; and Boy, Stolen by April Henry, the sequel to Girl, Stolen in which Cheyenne sets out to save her former captor." - July 2019

Where to find Jeanne Walker Harvey books

Jeanne has reviewed over 170 picture book biographies here and

previously on her blog  titled  TRUE TALES

& A CHERRY ON TOP.