Illustration depicting women in kimonos with umbrellas



“Often mimicking Fujikawa’s style, Morstad layers engaging details and deep emotional resonance onto Maclear’s spare, poetic text… A splendid picture-book celebration of an artist and activist.”
Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

“In spare, elegant spreads and graceful prose, frequent collaborators Maclear and Morstad (Bloom) tell the story of Japanese-American illustrator Gyo Fujikawa (1908–1998). …Maclear and Morstad’s biography conveys with quiet power how recently segregation reached into every aspect of American life, and how one woman did her part to defeat it.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred)

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way, by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad, tells Gyo’s story beautifully, in picture-book form.”
The New Yorker

“A stunning encapsulation of the Japanese-American woman who fought racism, sexism, and more through the power of her art… Maclear uses Gyo’s life as a template for the wider world, but never loses focus. The premise is that this person is extraordinary, and the text bears that out.”
Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

““Kyo Maclear’s thoughtful text offers readers an authentic look at the isolation of Gyo’s childhood, the artistic path taken, the turmoil of World War II for her Japanese family, and the career that led to designing books at Disney, decorating store windows, creating stamps, painting murals, and eventually writing and illustrating books for children that showed the multiculturalism she saw everywhere she looked.”
Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“Playful, bold, and, much like its subject, full of grace.”
—Jillian Tamaki, Caldecott Honor winner for This One Summer

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