It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw is a picture book that tells the story of Bill Traylor, a folk artist from Alabama. Bill lived most of his life in the country working the land. He began life as a slave on an Alabama cotton farm. Once slavery ended, his family became sharecroppers. Late in his life, Bill found himself alone and moved to the city of Montgomery. His transition to city life was not easy, and he became homeless. He spent a lot of time remembering his life in the country and began drawing pictures on cardboard boxes, old signs, and discarded bags. Bill's artwork was discovered by a young artist and later displayed in a museum. Today Bill Traylor is known as one of the most important self-taught folk artists in America.
If you are an upper elementary-aged student and enjoy art, you will enjoy reading about the life of a fellow Alabamian as well as looking at the colorful and interesting illustrations in this book.
By Mrs. Norton