The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art (Hardcover)

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By Cynthia Levinson, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
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Like Ben Shahn's art, Cynthia Levinson's writing centers around stories of people fighting injustice. Her moving book of Ben Shahn comes at a time when we all need stories of "Civil Rights Activists. Workers Demanding Fair Pay. Political Protestors. Advocates for peace." Turks' accompanying, Caldecott-worthy illustrations draw from Shahn's style, and capture the movement and dynamism of his impassioned life. The People's Painter is a masterful biography that will, as Cynthia writes, and I have found, "encourage readers to sketch anywhere, especially in the margins."

Marika

— From The People's Painter

About the Author


Since she doesn’t draw or paint, Cynthia Levinson tells true stories about brave people, like Ben Shahn, and the injustices they’ve faced through words. She loves doing research, which has allowed her not only to visit Shahn’s studio but also to walk with foot soldiers of the civil rights movement, fall off a tightwire, and read letters housed in a condemned building surrounded by yellow police tape. Cynthia’s books for young readers have won many awards. She lives in Austin and Boston. 

Praise For…


**STARRED REVIEW** 
"Turk’s expressive paintings with exaggerated features evoke the spirit of Shahn and the artist’s depictions of the immigrant experience, working people, and protests. . . A thoughtful introduction to this social justice artist." 
— Booklist

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Levinson’s text moves in a smooth, accessible flow. Turk, a professed devotee of Shahn’s work, is quite possibly the ideal illustrator for this title. . . A marvelous spur to kids beginning to consider the way art can be political."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Levinson skillfully shows the artist’s relatable qualities, such as when young Ben refuses to name names after a classroom prank. Her celebratory text is well-complemented by Turk’s strong and distinctively bold, colorful, mixed-media art... Excellent."
— The Horn Book Magazine

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Bold, richly layered multimedia illustrations by Turk feature abstracted characters in Shahn’s style, while Levinson’s smooth, well-researched narrative provides a comprehensive introduction to a justice-minded painter." 
— Publishers Weekly

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Well-researched and-sourced, this is a valuable addition to the canon of artist biographies.  This life of an artist with a social conscience makes itself heard." 
— Kirkus Reviews


Product Details
ISBN: 9781419741302
ISBN-10: 1419741306
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: April 20th, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English