Grandfather's Journey

Picture Books | October 25, 1993

byAllen SayIllustratorAllen Say

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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.

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Acclaimed illustrator Allen Say straddles two equally beloved, equally exciting worlds in this intricately illustrated picture book. Telling the story of his own grandfather’s experiences back home in Japan and then in his new life in America, the author shares experiences familiar to many children of first-generation North Americans...

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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 Cal...

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'...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 11.5 × 9.5 × 0.13 inPublished:October 25, 1993Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395570352

ISBN - 13:9780395570357

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Acclaimed illustrator Allen Say straddles two equally beloved, equally exciting worlds in this intricately illustrated picture book. Telling the story of his own grandfather’s experiences back home in Japan and then in his new life in America, the author shares experiences familiar to many children of first-generation North Americans. With poignant text evoking the emotionalism of leaving home and the conflict of leaving behind a precious place, Grandfather’s Journey is a remarkable cross-cultural journey.  

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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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