How My Parents Learned to Eat

How My Parents Learned to Eat

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Overview


An American sailor courts a young Japanese woman and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395442357
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/27/1987
Series: Rise and Shine
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 289,108
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Lexile: 450L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 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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"The book is wonderfully thought-provoking in its portrayal of the subtle similarities and differences among cultures." School Library Journal, Starred

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How My Parents Learned to Eat 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
chris.coelho on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"How My Parents Learned to Eat" is a touching book about how a girl's parents learned to eat. John, an American Sailor in Yokohama, Japan fell in love with a Japanese woman by the name of Aiko. Aiko was also smitten by John, however, they both avoided going to dinner because Aiko had no clue how to use American utensils, and John had no idea how to use chopsticks. John eventually went to a Japanese restaurant by himself and begged the waiter to teach him how to use chopsticks. Before no time he got the hang of it. Aiko did the same thing by consulting the Great Uncle, who knew how to use American utensils. Eventually she got the hang of it. The next evening John and Aiko went to an American restaurant, where Aiko and John ate dinner. Many years later, their daughter, the one telling the story, describes why they use both chopsticks and American utensils.
jacale19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. A couple falls in love but are afraid to eat in front of each other. The woman is Japanese and the man is an American sailor. They eat with different utensils, chopsticks and forks. They both learn how to use the others "utensils" and finally eat together. It is such a cool book!
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about different culturals foods and eating. It shows two parents from different cultures and how their daughter learns how to eat the Japanese way and the American way. It is a very intersting story and a good way for students to learn about diverse eating habits around the world!
acwheeler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about different culturals foods and eating. It shows two parents from different cultures and how their daughter learns how to eat the Japanese way and the American way. It is a very intersting story and a good way for students to learn about diverse eating habits around the world!
JamieJohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another good multicultural book. It shows that sometimes a family can have a mother from one place and a father from another. In this case, the mother is asian and the father is american. This teaches children about diversity and how everyone comes from a different background.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The nieces really like how the two future-parents run around frantically so as to not embarrass themselves with their poor eating skills. It's probably not very accurate for today - I'm sure that most Japanese can use Western utensils, just like most Americans today have some familiarity with chopsticks (my nieces sure do) - but it's still a charming story.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*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.
KokeshixHime More than 1 year ago
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!