Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee

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9781620141649: Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee

Before Bruce Lee became an international film star he was a boy growing up in Hong in the 1940s and 1950s who loved to read, play practical jokes, and get into trouble on the street. In Hong Kong, martial arts were as popular as baseball was in the United States. Bruce studied martial arts under the watchful eye of Yip Man, the best martial arts master in Hong Kong. At first Bruce's interest was motivated purely by his desire to win more fights in the street, but he soon discovered that he was really being taught not to have to fight. Bruce Lee eventually became a pioneer of martial arts cinema, and his legacy lives on in popular culture more than thirty years after his death. But it is his boyhood journey toward self-discovery and his courage to overcome obstacles that will inspire all who search for their way in the world today.

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Ken Mochizuki is the award-winning author of numerous books for children for LEE & LOW (see full list to the right). Mr. Mochizuki lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington, where he lives and teaches and writes children's books and gives presentations about his work full time.

Dom Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. With his unique style of art combining techniques of painting and scratching details in encaustic wax, Lee has illustrated many award-winning picture books for children for LEE & LOW. He lives with his wife and children in Demarest, New Jersey. To find out more about Dom Lee, visit www.domandk.com

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Photographically exact drawings in sepia by the sensitive and masterful artist Dom Lee illustrate the early years of Bruce Lee. Accurate to a degree seldom seen in picture books, these superbly catch the flavor of life in old Hong Kong. -- Multicultural Review

Plenty of boys probably tell their mothers they don't need to go to school because, 'I'll become a famous film star one day.' Bruce Lee was a rare one who made good on his promise, but it wasn't easy. Be Water, My Friend is the story of the early years of this pioneer of martial-arts cinema, and Ken Mochizuki and Dom Lee--author and illustrator of the award-winning Baseball Saved Us, Passage to Freedom, and Heroes--have given us yet another wonderful book. 'Like flowing water, Bruce Lee could never be still.' Born in San Francisco in 1940, he first appeared in a movie when he was just three months old, and acted in a number of films as a youngster growing up in Hong Kong. But although he was always in motion, Bruce Lee sometimes took as many steps backwards as forwards. Be Water, My Friend is an unflinching look at his troubled youth and his ultimate triumph over his own worst enemy: himself. Enamored of street fighting, Bruce decided to learn martial arts, and assured Yip Man, the best martial-arts master in Hong Kong at the time, 'I will become your most dedicated student.' While the young man was clearly both talented and motivated, he missed a crucial point of his training when he used martial arts in one of his after-school fights. Yip Man suspended him from lessons for a week and told him to think about harmony, yielding, and gentleness in martial arts. Perplexed and angry, he went out in a boat by himself and found his answer in what surrounded and buoyed him: 'Water, the softest substance on Earth, could never be hurt because it offered no resistance. But with enough force it could break through anything in the world.' Unfortunately Bruce Lee had a temper, and he couldn't refuse a challenge. He continued to fight, and eventually got into trouble with the police. His parents sent him back to the United States when he was eighteen, thinking that he needed a fresh start. The narrative ends with the young man watching 'the swirling water from the deck of the ship' carrying him across the Pacific Ocean. 'The Rest of Bruce Lee's Story' concludes Be Water, My Friend, and there's some fascinating information here. Bruce Lee studied philosophy at the University of Washington in Seattle, undertook an interracial marriage in 1964, and 'created his own martial art called jeet kune do.' Dom Lee's sepia-toned illustrations perfectly complement the tension Ken Mochizuki builds as he tells the story of a famous martial-arts film star whose greatest accomplishment may well have been that he learned to be gentle. -- The Asian Reporter

Readers will discover in Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee that martial arts and acting were Lee's exterior persona only. Born in 1940, Lee was a rascally boy in Hong King. He loved books and theater but was easily provoked into street fights. When he started losing, he turned to learning martial arts from Yip Man, the master who turned into Lee's mentor. Lee became an expert at the moves but not the philosophy. When he misused his talent, Yip Man reprimanded him. How Lee calms himself and develops his approach to life is echoed by the title Be Water, My Friend, a direct quote from Lee. Today we'd say 'go with the flow.' Dom Lee's dark, sepia-toned illustrations match Lee's emotionally somber beginnings. -- Sacramento Bee

The enlightenment of this wild child is gradual and believable, and so hopeful, as children often make mistakes and need chances at a fresh start. Older children will be inspired by this book as well as younger children, so share it in high school classrooms along with the third grade! Sepia-colored renderings from acrylic/wax scratchboard are unusual, and evocative of the time period. This beautiful multicultural biography with universal appeal packs a real one-two punch. -- PlanetEsme

This picture-book biography follows the martial artist from his childhood in Hong Kong through his sailing to the U.S. at eighteen. Mochizuki deftly portrays Bruce's conflict between wanting to follow his master's teachings and wanting to fight when provoked. Dom Lee's acrylic and beeswax illustrations are somber. -- The Horn Book Guide

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