Picture/art/biography; 40 pages. Jean-Michel Basquiat, who created art alongside his mother as a little boy, became a cultural phenomena in the 1980s. He used his art to speak about complex social issues which are still relevant today. Published in 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2017 Caldecott Medal Recipient.
Persistence and Perseverance
Not all heroes or heroines are paragons of virtue. Some of the most important people who become our heroes are those who struggle and suffer even when they do not overcome the pain and obstacles in their lives. Basquiat is just such a hero. His art wasn't just edgy or simply new, but spoke of compassion and healing resulting from the traumas of his own life.
Persistence & perseverance, especially when life's difficulties could easily overwhelm you, are worthy attributes to emulate.
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