When Maya Lin was young, she walked through the forests searching for birds and rabbits and raccoons and she held ever so still with a hope she could join them in their wild world. She grew up in a house where creativity was as important as eating dinner. Her father made art with clay and her mother made art with words.
While May was in college she entered a contest "to design a memorial to honor soldiers who died during the Vietnam War." She poured herself and her love of nature into an astonishing memorial that brings visitors close to the warrior they love and lost.
This is the story of the young woman who was the artist-architect behind the inspiring, powerful Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington, D.C. She stands out as a wonderful role model for all children who dream of building and who are learning to celebrate the importance and value of the natural world designed to hold us all.
32 pages 978-1250112491 Ages 7-11
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
********** The bold story of Maya Lin, the visionary artist-architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
You may be familiar with the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But do you know about the artist-architect who created this landmark?
As a child, Maya Lin loved to study the spaces around her. She explored the forest in her backyard, observing woodland creatures, and used her house as a model to build tiny towns out of paper and scraps. The daughter of a clay artist and a poet, Maya grew up with art and learned to think with her hands as well as her mind. From her first experiments with light and lines to the height of her success nationwide, this is the story of an inspiring American artist: the visionary artist-architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.--from the publisher