An American sailor courts a young Japanese woman and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.
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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 bookpublished in 1972in 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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*Wonderful storyline about learning someone's way of eating. *Good, attractive color illustrations. *Enjoyable story of wanting to learn another person's customs. *Delightful. *Engaging. *Beautiful story to teach respect of each person's lifestyle and being willing to make another person comfortable.
When I was a little girl and Reading Rainbow was still on television, I distinctly remember a story that they read to us but I could never find the book. Now I'm a college student in the teaching field, I was researching lesson plans about Japan and I ran across this book from my childhood. I knew I needed it so I ordered it without remembering how great it was. This book it simply amazing! The artwork for the story is perfect, the story itself is so well told that even as a grown woman I still enjoy it, and it's the most adorable love story I've ever read in a children's book. Most of all if you're looking from a teacher view it's culturally enriching and can teach children about Japan, that it's okay to learn to use different things, and never to be scared to try new things. The book is adorable and the characters John and Aiko seem so real and lifelike from their timid affection towards each other, to their embarrassment about themselves because they know so little about each others culture and how to use chopsticks and forks and knives, to how their joy when they know they're going to see each other again just leaps off the page you find yourself as in love with them as they're in love with each other. I love this book so much! If you ever need it for whatever reason, please order it! You won't regret it. This book is fun, exciting, cute, lovable, and I could go on and on all day about how great it is. I hope you like it as much as I did!