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Walt Disney: His Life in Pictures
     

Walt Disney: His Life in Pictures

by Diane Miller, Diane D. Miller
 

Walt Disney is undoubtably one of the most influential figures in American history. What child doesn't grow up watching Disney films and reading Disney stories? With Walt Disney: His Life in Pictures, kids can learn about the man behind the mouse. They'll learn that Walt came from very humble beginnings, growing up on a farm in Marceline, Missouri. The

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Walt Disney is undoubtably one of the most influential figures in American history. What child doesn't grow up watching Disney films and reading Disney stories? With Walt Disney: His Life in Pictures, kids can learn about the man behind the mouse. They'll learn that Walt came from very humble beginnings, growing up on a farm in Marceline, Missouri. The informative and approachable narrative details Walt's service in World War I, his early ambitions to be an animator, and the creation of Mickey Mouse. From there, the story chronicles Walt's major film developments, including Snow White and Bambi, and the genesis of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The book is heavily illustrated throughout with character art and photos of Walt. The text is also augmented by quotes from Walt himself, which makes it seem as though he's telling his own story. Aspiring animators, Disney fans, and dreamers of all kinds will be inspired by Walt's ambitions and achievements.

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Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
This photographic biography reads almost like an autobiography because much of the text consists of quotes taken from interviews with Walt Disney, so it sounds as if he is talking directly to the reader. Divided into decades, it tells of major events in Walt's life that contributed to the man he became, from a six-year stint as a paper boy to his service in World War I as a driver of supply trucks. Several photographic sequences portray him as an amazing storyteller who could hold audiences spellbound, but I wish there been just a little bit of probing into where and how he got his ideas. Here is a man who is one of the top creative geniuses of the modern world, yet the text only implies that, or takes it as a given. As a reader, I wanted to get a glimpse into his head and find out about his thinking processes, not so much that it would bog down a child who reads it, but rather, to inspire the youthful reader. Too bad a timeline was not included; that would have made it easier for any child to extract more specific dates and events relevant to Mr. Disney's life. This would serve as a good introductory biography to a great icon in the world of animation. Reviewer: Maggie Chase

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423121053
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,135,598
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Helene Miller received her Ph.D. in Speech Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Georgia. She has served as the Director of the Writing and Communication Center at East Tennessee University and is currently a writer living in Athens, Georgia.

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