This book tells the story of
a man who left his home in Japan when he was a young man. He set
out to see the world. He landed in the United States and spent many
years exploring the country. In time, he returned to his home in
Japan and married. He missed San Francisco so much that he moved
back there with his wife. When his children were nearly grown, he
moved back to Japan since he missed it so much. As he grew older,
he longed to see his home in San Francisco again. His grandson was
raised in Japan but grew up hearing stories of San Francisco. This
is the story of two generations that long to be in two places at once.
Have you ever had a strong
desire to be in two places at once? Through a compelling remembrance of
his grandfather's life in Japan and America, Allen Say delivers a profound
account of his family's journey from Japan to the United States.
Allen shares glances into his grandfather's personal life as a young man,
as well as the pangs of despair his grandfather endured as he sought to
find a better life in America. Allen Say finds that he has a lot in common
with his grandfather as he conveys his own love for his two countries.
He describes the constant longing to be in Japan where he used to play
as a child. However, when he's in Japan, he invariably misses being
If you've ever been separated
from a family member, this book is for you. We know that our hearts
are always with the people we love despite the adversity and challenges
life has to offer. (Laura Suarez, email@example.com, teacher)