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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.
This is cute, sweet, story. John and Aiko love each other but are worried about embarrassing the other, because John doesn't know how to use chopsticks and Aiko doesn't know how to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by empress8411
This has long been a favorite story of mine, with my love of Japanese culture. I took it, as a gift, to a Japanese friend who teaches English. He was delighted with it, also.Published 3 months ago by Diane S.
Everyone must eat every day. Some use chopsticks to eat. Others use folks, knives and spoons.
A Japanese girl and an American sailor meet in Japan. Read more
Love this book. Such a neat story about people of different cultures understanding a small part of each others cultures. My son enjoyed the book.Published 14 months ago by A.W.
what is this stuff? It's appears to be written for a 4 year old. Oh sorry, I think that was the author's intention.Published 15 months ago by Jonathan Clement
Great to find a book we have been looking for a very long time, at a great price! This book belong in the library and in the hands of children!Published 16 months ago by purplerme
This is a delightful tale of cultural confusion and the thrill of a secret project. It's also a love story. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carolyn E. Stark
It has been about 14 years since I read this book, but I still remember it as the first book I really loved.Published 21 months ago by Audrey