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Say, Allen.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
IL K-3 RL 4.2
ISBN 0395570352

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

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.

Booktalk #2

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 in America.
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,, teacher)

SUBJECTS:      Grandfathers -- Fiction.
                        Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
                        Homesickness -- Fiction.
                        Japan -- Fiction.
                        United States --  Fiction.
                        Japanese Americans -- Fiction.


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