Academic journal article Language Arts

Year of the Jungle: Memories from the Home Front

Academic journal article Language Arts

Year of the Jungle: Memories from the Home Front

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Year of the Jungle: Memories from the Flome Front Written by Suzanne Collins Illustrated by Jeunes Proimos Scholastic, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-545-42516-2

Collins has drawn on memories of her father's combat duty in Vietnam to craft a tender but frightening story. Before he leaves, Suzy relishes him reading aloud her favorite Ogden Nash poem about Custard the Dragon, who, "Even though he always feels afraid ... is really the bravest of all." As Suzy's emotions shift from curiosity through worry and fear to deep anxiety over the year, she, too, must learn to be brave.

Proimos's bold and colorful stylized cartoon illustrations, splashed across white backgrounds, reflect Suzy's youthful exuberance. Interspersed are double-paged, full-bleed spreads depicting her imagination and growing awareness of the war. The first features a Vietnam of smiling cartoon animals. As worry settles in, Proimos includes Suzy in an unsettling tableaux with grimacing masked animals. By winter, when dad mixes up his daughters' birthdays, Suzy notes, "The jungle must be a very confusing place for him to make such a serious mistake. …

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