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Wah Ming Chang: Artist and Master of Special Effects (Multicultural Junior Biographies) Library Binding – October, 1995

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Grade 4-6?This brief biography examines the life of artist Wah Ming Chang, who is best known for his special effects in various Disney films and the "Star Trek" series. A child prodigy, he enjoyed drawing and was taken into tutelage by Blanding Sloan and his wife, Mildred Taylor. Riley covers his subject's triumphs in the film industry, his battles with tuberculosis and polio, and his determination to continue with his life's work and his love for art. He currently creates sculptures. The book is slightly flawed by a didactic writing style and dark, muddy, black-and-white photos. Not a necessary purchase, but a useful one for an introduction to an interesting person involved in a career that has a lot of child appeal.?Beth Irish, Orange Public Library, CA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Multicultural Junior Biographies
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894906399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894906398
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,008,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
I found this book very inspirational, as it tells the life and struggles of an artist and Hollywood special effects master. The language sparked my interest and made me want to read more. I especially enjoyed the details about Chang's work with Walt Disney Studios and the Star Trek TV show. The book made me feel that I personally knew someone famous. This is an interesting story of a man who accomplished so much. As an educator, I would recommend the book to students and to adults. It will help others realize that we CAN get past difficult times and that we can nurture our own creativity in order to see our own dreams come true.
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How could I not love this?

That said, it was too simplistic for even my eight year old.

We wanted hard-core details. We got... not that.

We liked the details of his family. And we actually do care about that.

But... what we were looking for was the nitty-gritty stuff.How he did what he did.

This read like a children's book... which maybe it was meant to be, I dunno.

It WAS NOT a comprehensive book on his art. It was an overview, at best. And that's even kind of being generous.

When is someone going to TRULY remember this incredible artist and man, and give us the in-depth book we all want?
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By A Customer on April 18, 2003
Format: Library Binding
As an adult, I was fascinated by this book. I enjoyed the photos and the biography. I think this is a book for adults and children to read together and to use as a springboard for dialogue about life's challenges and how to deal with them, as well as the discrimination faced by a minority. It is all about the incredibly difficult challenges that one man has gone through (discrimination, parental loss as a child, polio, etc.), and is inspiring in how he reinvented himself over the years and managed to find success.
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I enjoyed it.
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