Grandfathers Journey     -     By: Allen Say
    Illustrated By: Allen Say
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Grandfathers Journey

Illustrated By: Allen Say
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1993 / Hardcover

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Through compelling reminiscences of his grandfather's life in America and Japan, Allen Say gives us a poignant acount of a family's unique cross-cultural experience. He warmly conveys his own love for his two countries, and the strong and constant desire to be in both places at once. Illustrated with exquisite paintings. Recommended for ages 5 to 8. The 1994 Caldecott Medal winner.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1993
Dimensions: 12 X 12 X 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0395570352
ISBN-13: 9780395570357
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Ages: 5-8

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Publisher's Description

Lyrical, breathtaking, splendid—words used to describe Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey when it was first published. At once deeply personal yet expressing universally held emotions, this tale of one man’s love for two countries and his constant desire to be in both places captured readers’ attention and hearts. Winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal, it remains as historically relevant and emotionally engaging as ever.

Author Bio

Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book -- published in 1972 -- in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.

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"The immigrant experience has rarely been so poignantly evoked as it is in this direct, lyrical narrative that is able to stir emotions through the sheer simplicity of its telling." Horn Book, Starred

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    This is the story of a young Japanese man that leaves Japan prior to WWII to see the United States. He fell in love with the country and the people. He lived in both countries, loving each, as does his son the writer of the book.

    This poignant story of how a man loves two countries is an excellent presentation of how cultures mix throughout the years. The pictures are beautiful and convey the story, showing the changes through the years. The words and the pictures convey the longing of the storyteller to be in both countries. The story is beautiful and, for those who have lived in more than one country, may help verbalize feelings of longing for both homes.
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