Item description for Grandfather's Journey (Caldecott Medal Book) by Allen Say...
Overview The author-artist of Tree of Cranes provides a moving, beautifully illustrated study of his family's own cross-cultural experience, in personal reminiscences of his grandfather's life in America and Japan that convey a love for both countries.
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.
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Studio: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 10" Height: 12" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Oct 1, 2000
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0395570352 ISBN13 9780395570357
Availability 0 units.
More About Allen Say
Allen Say is the beloved author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the highly acclaimed "Drawing from Memory," published by Scholastic, the Caldecott Medal winner "Grandfather's Journey "and the Caldecott Honor winner "The Boy of the Three Year Nap." He is known for his technical skill and varied style, and his books pay tribute to Japanese culture, as well as his own personal experiences. His many books include "Tree of Cranes," "Under the Cherry Blossom Tree," "Tree with Milk," and "Erika-San." He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Allen Say currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Grandfather's Journey (Caldecott Medal Book)?
Wonderful and heartwarming book! Aug 17, 2007
What a beautiful book. The illustrations are magnificent and the story itself is amazing. It brought a tear to my eye as I remembered my Nonno.
Grandfather's Journey Mar 14, 2007
This book is a deserving winner of the Caldecott. I was often offended by books that portrayed immigrants as one dimensional in that they were always so glad to arrive in America and never appeared to have feelings for their native country. As an immigrant I know that relocation in America, while often a blessing, comes at a price. Grandfather's Journey is a beautiful book that depicts the struggle of being pulled by love of new and old homelands.
Great Selection! Sep 2, 2006
The cover illustration is what initially drew me to this book; watching a young man stand on the deck of a steamship while the wind and waves thrash about. The color of the sea beckoned me to turn the pages and find out more about where this man was going and whether or not he would get there.
Grandfather is a young immigrant traveling from Japan to his new home in America. He journeys all across this land and experiences all aspects of it: cities, farms, mountains, rivers, people, etc. He settles in California but eventually misses his homeland, and travels back to satisfy his longings. Through a series of events, he is unable to make his way back to the West Coast that he loves so much.
My husband and I were in the Navy and lived among people from all over the world. I loved getting to know them and experiencing their ways of life. Understanding how other people around the world think and love and live, has made me a more complete person. It has made me who I am today. In this way I connect with Grandfather and his journeys.
A Wonderful Story Jul 3, 2006
Allen Say's autobiographical Grandfather's Journey's beautiful illustrations won the Caldecott Medal, but that is only half the reason to recommend this book. This story is about a Japanese man struggling over what his home is--the United States or Japan. When he is almost an adult, a young man (who would be Say's grandfather) moves to North America. He travels all over the United States (depicted in the illustrations) and falls in love with San Francisco. He briefly returns to Japan for his childhood love, then returns to San Francisco. Together they have a daughter and are living happily, but the grandfather becomes homesick for the mountain, rivers and friends of Japan. We see him surrounded by his songbirds in American clothes wishing for his home. Finally, when his daughter is almost grown, he returns to Japan. He laughs with his friends in his home village and for a time is happy. But his daughter had spent all her life in San Francisco and was not meant for the small village, so her father buys her a house in a city. She marries an untraditional man and has a son. But the father wishes for San Francisco. We see, as his grandson saw, him surrounded by songbirds and the things he loves, dressed in the traditional Japanese dress, wishing for his home in San Francisco. He plans to return to North America. Unfortunately, World War II begins and destroys the city. Grandfather returns to the small village, but never had another songbird. He told his grandson (who is the author and illustrator, Allen Say)that he wished to return to San Francisco one more time. But he died before he had the chance. When his granson was nearly an adult, he went to America himself to see what his grandfather had talked about. He falls in love with it, but is homesick. Whenever he visits Japan, however, he longs for San Fransisco. He thinks of his grandfather and understands him more than ever. Grandfather's Journey is beautiful, but some young children may not understand the emotions of the characters. Still, Grandfather's Journey is beautiful and deserves to be read by people of all ages.
This book is ok. Jul 3, 2006
This book is about a boy's grandfather who goes to America. He likes California the best. He goes back to japan and gets married then he goes back to California and has a daughter. Then he goes back to Japan. The daughter grows up and gets married. Some time later she has a little boy. When the boy grows up he goes to California he gets married and has baby girl. I think kids from 6-8 should read this book.