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.
I remembered this story from when I was young, first seeing it on Reading Rainbow.
The substance of the story is what counts, that cultural differences can be overcome, and true friendship (and love) conquers all!
The book illustrates the cultural differences and similarities of Japanese and Americans.
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 5 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 6 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 8 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 13 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 13 months ago by Audrey
I needed a children's book for a school project and didn't have time to go to the library, so this was great!Published 22 months ago by Shayla
I run a children's program and we were learning about cultural and religious diversity and the importance of getting to know those who are different. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Julianne Donelle
I remembered this story from when I was young, first seeing it on Reading Rainbow. It is a touching story about two people from two cultures who fall in love. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Andrea L. Wilson