It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

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It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate, R. Gregory Christie

Growing up as an enslaved boy on an Alabama cotton farm, Bill Traylor worked all day in the hot fields. When slavery ended, Bill's family stayed on the farm as sharecroppers. There Bill grew to manhood, raised his own family, and cared for the land and his animals.

By 1935 Bill was eighty-one and all alone on his farm. So he packed his bag and moved to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. Lonely and poor, he wandered the busy downtown streets. But deep within himself Bill had a reservoir of memories of working and living on the land, and soon those memories blossomed into pictures. Bill began to draw people, places, and animals from his earlier life, as well as scenes of the city around him.

Today Bill Traylor is considered to be one of the most important self-taught American folk artists. Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award Honor, It Jes’ Happened is a lively tribute to this man who has enriched the world with more than twelve hundred warm, energetic, and often humorous pictures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600602603
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2012
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 1,188,420
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 Years

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It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReaderWriterEducator More than 1 year ago
Slow down and take the time to immerse yourself in the rich details of the experiences that shaped Traylor’s life. This portrait of a humble, hardworking man who found strength in creating art provides a great example for young readers and artists who might wonder what they have to offer. Don Tate’s illustrations feature expressive faces and historical details that add emotion and context to the story.