Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Title

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Authors

Allen Say

Illustrator

Allen Say

Publisher

Arthur A. Levine Books

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780545927611

Pages

64 pages

Genre

biography

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read, or use sign language. Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world. The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened "James Castle: A Retrospective" in 2008. The 2013 Venice Biennale included eleven works by Castle in the feature exhibition "The Encyclopedic Palace." And his reputation continues to grow. Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say, author of the acclaimed memoir Drawing from Memory, takes readers through an imagined look at Castle's childhood, allows them to experience his emergence as an artist despite the overwhelming difficulties he faced, and ultimately reveals the triumphs that he would go on to achieve.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

790L

Diversity Topics

Disability and Health; Physical disability; Developmental disability; deaf; deaf child; mute; mute child; autism; autistic child

Main Character

male baby; male child; adult male

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Schneider Family Book Award, 2018, Winner, Young Children
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2017
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2017
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2018
Notable Children's Books, 2018 Older Readers

Keywords

art; loneliness; Idaho; post office; supplies; hiding; passion; musuem; recognition; self-taught

Diversity Impact

direct

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