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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Grandfather's Journey

    Grandfather¿s Journey is a book about Allen Say¿s own personal life about his grandfather. Say¿s grandfather was originally from Japan. One his grandfather set out on s boat to explore the world. He went through some picturesque towns and saw some of the most vivid lands in America. He met people of different color that he had no idea existed. Say¿s grandfather ended up on the west coast in beautiful California. His grandfather missed his family and friends dearly that he a left in Japan, so he decided that he would return home to visit. In the meantime he married his life long love and had a daughter. She grew up, got married and Allen. Allen¿s grandfather always told him marvelous stories about his journey to America, but he wanted him to experience it for himself. They had planned to travel to America but a war came, causing Allen Say to journey to America by himself. Say cherishes the memory of his grandfather and being in America made him understand his grandfather¿s passion. Say, Allen. Grandfather¿s Journey. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2006

    A compelling autobiography as a author remembers is grandfather.

    Grandfather's Journey, by Allen Say is the story of his own grandfather's life. The story is about a man from Japan who wants to see the world. His first journey takes place on a steamship setting across the Pacific Ocean. After 3 weeks, he finally sets foot in North America, where he saw everything the land had to offer. California was the place he loved the most, for the author wrote, ' He loved the strong sunset there, the Sierra Mountains, and the lonely seacoast. Eventually he returned to the village and married his childhood sweetheart, and soon moved to the San Francisco Bay. This is were their daughter was born. The grandfather began to miss Japan, and when the time was right, he and his family moved back to their homeland. Soon they were faced with difficult obsticles and the grandfather once again began to miss California. Now he had a grandson, whom he shared his stories with, and through his grandson he was able to travel with memories. It was through his grandfather, that he began to make his own journey's. The main theme of the book that no matter where we are, we are always longing for more until we get there. The author/illustrator, Allen Say, was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. At age 6, he wanted to become a cartoonist, and at age 12, was apprenticed by cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. His first book was published in 1972, but it wasn't until 1987 that Allen wanted to make a full commentment to writing and illustrating. In 1994 he won the Caldecott medal for Grandfather's Journey. Allen Say now lives in Portland, Oregon with his family. I enjoyed reading Grandfather's Journey. It kind of made me want to travel and explore new places. I loved the illustrations the most. They were amazing with the landscapes. They almost seemed real. I would recommend this book to grades K-3. It is a easy read with some interesting information. Children everywhere will be asking their grandfather's about their journeys in life. Say, Allen. Grandfather's Journey. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993.

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