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The Bicycle Manby Allen Say
The amazing tricks two American soldiers perform on a borrowed bicycle are a fitting finale for the school sports day festivities in a small village in occupied Japan.
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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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Set in occupied Japan following World War II, the author describes the Japanese holiday, 'Taiiku no hi' or 'Sports Day.' On Sports day, Japanese families gather for sports events at schools with the children and parents as contestants. It is what happens on this particular Sports day that is so special. Two American Marines stop to watch the festivities and one ends up taking 1st prize for his skill riding the Principal's bicycle! Allen Say paints a charming protrait of a small event during a difficult time in Japanese history which helps make 'them and us' into 'we.' I wish I could give it more stars.
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