Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw

Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw

by Deborah Kogan Ray




Wanda Gág (pronounced "Gog") is well known as the author and illustrator of Millions of Cats, one of the best-loved children's books ever published. But not many people know how interesting and inspiring her life was.

Following in the footsteps of her beloved artist father, Wanda led an idyllic childhood, drawing and listening to old-world fairy tales. But when her father died, it was teenage Wanda who worked hard to keep her seven younger siblings fed, clothed, and laughing. She never lost sight of her love of art, however, and her tremendous willpower won her a coveted scholarship to the Art Students League in New York City and then led to a gallery show of her artwork--where an editor of children's books got an idea for a book. The rest, as they say, is history!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670062928
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/02/2008
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Deborah Kogan Ray has received high praise and starred reviews for her books about famous artists and writers, including To Go Singing Through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda and Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain. She lives in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.

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MaowangVater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Born to Bohemian parents in Minnesota all the Gag (rhymes with jog, not bag) children were encouraged to actively pursue both the fine and performing arts. Their father, a house painter by trade, was also a painter of pictures and on his deathbed he gave his oldest daughter this commission, ¿What Papa couldn¿t do, Wanda will have to finish.¿ Starting at age fifteen Wanda began to support the family through the sale of her art. On scholarships she went on to study art in St. Paul and at the Art Students League in New York. At a one-woman show in New York in 1928, she was approached by a children¿s book editor, who asked if she had ever considered writing a story. In fact, she had one already written, inspired by the German folktales that she loved as a child. It was called Millions of Cats. Ray¿s gentle and vividly colorful illustrations enliven her picture book biography of her fellow artist.
YouthGPL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an easy to read picture book biography about the children's book author/illustrator Wanda Gag (usually accented to rhyme with jog). She grew up in the early 1920's in Minnesota, in a community of German immigrants. Each page begins with a quote on art and her determination from Wanda's diary. Her father had always had to do what he loved on the weekends and in spare time, and that sacrifice made a big impact on her. This biography ends at the time she is starting to work on children's books, but she had already begun an art career as well. She died young of lung cancer, and lung problems were rampant in her family. Recommended by Esme Codell in PlanetEsme, and it was definitely a good choice - someone I was interested in reading about. There is an author's note with additional biographical information - this mostly gives readers the feel of her life, but there is some specific biographical information included in the text. The illustrations are beautiful and gentle and evoke a kinder time to me.
rosesaurora on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wanda Gag cannot live life without drawing. Even when she faces the hardship of her father passing away and becoming the sole provider for the family Wanda chooses to pursue her own dreams of going to art school; supporting her family with whatever drawings she can sell as postcards and short stories. When she cannot afford food for her family Wanda tells her siblings fairy tales that they might forget their hunger.Her hard work seemingly pays off when she is granted a scholarship to an art school. When she gets there, however, she discovers that her idea of drawing does not fit in here. Can Wanda ever find a place where her art is accepted and loved the way she has loved it her entire life?