A fountain of inspiration!
From the Japanese-American internment camps to the creation of the San Francisco School of the Arts, Ruth Asawa’s life journey is one filled with challenges and obstacles turned into triumphs through perseverance and a unique vision.
Known as the “Fountain Lady” of San Francisco due to the many fountains she designed, Asawa experimented with unconventional mediums, using lines, space, and wire to create dimensional sculptures. Author Joan Schoettler spoke with Asawa’s daughter, viewed countless pieces of art, and gathered information from around the country to create this profile of the extraordinary woman, teacher, and artist Ruth Asawa. The thorough research of illustrator Traci Van Wagoner is vividly apparent in the dynamic depictions of Asawa and her life that are sure to fascinate and inspire young readers.
About the Author
Author Joan Schoettler grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned a Master’s degree in Reading and Writing from the University of San Francisco, and is a member of Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and the American Library Association.
About the Illustrator
Traci Van Wagoner holds degrees in illustration from Utah State University and in toy design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. She has illustrated and written multiple children’s book and has been a member of SCBWI for over twenty years.
A Sculpting Life
Written by Joan Schoettler
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
32 pp. 8.5 x 11 31 illus.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Art
Age & grade: 3-8 & Pre-K-3&
Reading ease: 66.1 Flesch-Kincaid grade level: 7.2