Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review # 138: Tell Me A Story - Stories From A Childhood In Old New York by Bea Gold

     Tell Me A Story - Stories From A Childhood In Old New York by Bea Gold is a volume of thirty-six one-page illustrated stories based on the author's memories of growing up in 1930's/1940's New York. Each story is told from the perspective of a Jewish, first-generation American child and is accompanied by Bea's own paintings. The book showcases the complete set of paintings shown at The Silver Lake Art Collective in Los Angeles, California.

     Tell Me A Story... is a beautifully written and illustrated childhood memoir that will leave the reader nostalgic for family tradition and life in old New York. The stories are authentic, written with just enough detail to inspire visions of the past, and are enjoyable for adults and children. Bea Gold's artwork snapshots the fervor encapsulated in one moment of memory, taking the reader down memory lane - whether Bea's, or their own. I was impressed by her mature, yet child-like writing style, as well as her amazing ability to project ideas, voices, and personalities with a single word or phrase. I will definitely be recommending this book, and its artwork, to friends, family and readers because it almost takes on a life of its own. Bea Gold is a very accomplished artist and noted public-servicewoman. I hope to see more of her stories and artwork in future volumes. This book will definitely be staying out on my coffee table!

Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5)

* I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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