by Allen Say


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Allison by Allen Say

When Allison tries on the red kimono her grandmother has sent her, she is suddenly aware that she resembles her favorite doll more than she does her mother and father. When her parents try to explain that she is adopted, her world becomes an uncomfortable place. She becomes angry and withdrawn. She wonders why she was given up, what her real name is, and whether other children have parents in faraway countries. Allison's doll becomes her only solace until she finds a stray cat in the garden and learns the true meaning of adoption and parental love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618495375
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 971,930
Product dimensions: 9.56(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile: 430L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

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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Allison 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"No." ((Sorry wifi stopped.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Okay..." I go back to pumping you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mornin
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Adoptive families with Asian children will find irresistable the stunning artwork in this book. Adoptees may initially 'see themselves' in the plight of stray animals, but that does not mean it is appropriate to encourage. Sooner or later we realize it's demeaning. Well-meaning parents may be led 'astray' by the quality of this art. It disturbs me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd definitely give this one a miss. There are plenty of really good adoption stories for kids. The idea of being compared to a stray cat doesn't appeal to me and I don't believe it would appeal to most adopted children.