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Grandfather's Journey
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Weston Woods 2008
Accelerated Reader:
IL: LG - BL: 3.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
Lexile measure:
AD: Adult Directed 650L
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Through compelling reminiscences of his grandfather's life in the United States and Japan, Allen Say poignantly recounts his family's journey to America. The feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries are sensitively expressed.

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Format:
OverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive Listen
Edition:
Unabridged
Street Date:
01/01/2008
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780545667432
Accelerated Reader:
LG
Level 3.6, 0.5 Points
Lexile code:
AD: Adult Directed
Lexile measure:
650
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APA Citation (style guide)

Allen Say. (2008). Grandfather's Journey. Unabridged Weston Woods.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Allen Say. 2008. Grandfather's Journey. Weston Woods.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Allen Say, Grandfather's Journey. Weston Woods, 2008.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Allen Say. Grandfather's Journey. Unabridged Weston Woods, 2008.

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      • content: How important is the narrator's pacing in this Caldecott Medal-winning recording! B.D. Wong provides time to pour over Allen Say's breathtaking illustrations and to reflect on his poignant thoughts. Wong's gentle voice settles into the background, letting the family portraits and landscapes speak to the push and pull of life in Japan and America and to the similarities between generations. Music and sound effects underscore the story and move the listener from one panoramic scene to the next. An interview with author Say himself is included. It's always a treat to hear the creator's voice and to gain insight into his life and work. Subsequent listening to the story brings greater appreciation. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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        Say transcends the achievements of his Tree of Cranes and A River Dream with this breathtaking picture book, at once a very personal tribute to his grandfather and a distillation of universally shared emotions. Elegantly honed text accompanies large, formally composed paintings to convey Say's family history; the sepia tones and delicately faded colors of the art suggest a much-cherished and carefully preserved family album. A portrait of Say's grandfather opens the book, showing him in traditional Japanese dress, ``a young man when he left his home in Japan and went to see the world.'' Crossing the Pacific on a steamship, he arrives in North America and explores the land by train, by riverboat and on foot. One especially arresting, light-washed painting presents Grandfather in shirtsleeves, vest and tie, holding his suit jacket under his arm as he gazes over a prairie: ``The endless farm fields reminded him of the ocean he had crossed.'' Grandfather discovers that ``the more he traveled, the more he longed to see new places,'' but he nevertheless returns home to marry his childhood sweetheart. He brings her to California, where their daughter is born, but her youth reminds him inexorably of his own, and when she is nearly grown, he takes the family back to Japan. The restlessness endures: the daughter cannot be at home in a Japanese village; he himself cannot forget California. Although war shatters Grandfather's hopes to revisit his second land, years later Say repeats the journey: ``I came to love the land my grandfather had loved, and I stayed on and on until I had a daughter of my own.'' The internal struggle of his grandfather also continues within Say, who writes that he, too, misses the places of his childhood and periodically returns to them. The tranquility of the art and the powerfully controlled prose underscore the profundity of Say's themes, investing the final line with an abiding, aching pathos: ``The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other.'' Ages 4-8.

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