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The Favorite Daughter Hardcover – May 28, 2013
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K-Gr 2-Whereas Drawing from Memory (Scholastic, 2011) revealed a slice of Say's youth, this title is seen through the lens of fatherhood, although the narrator is omniscient. As the story opens, "Yuriko came to stay with her father on Thursday that week." Readers follow the flaxen-haired child through homework assignments that involve bringing a baby picture to school and, later, creating a model of the Golden Gate Bridge. A photograph of Yuriko clad in a red, flowered kimono becomes a source of confusion for her classmates, who associate Japanese appearance with dark hair. When the art teacher mispronounces her name, and the students follow suit, her day goes from bad to worse; miserable, she seeks a new identity upon arriving home. Father and daughter visit a familiar sushi restaurant, Golden Gate Park, and the bridge (shrouded in fog), all of which help the troubled girl process her feelings and inspire a unique response to the art project. Their banter pits paternal teasing mixed with loving support against childlike swings between melodrama and earnestness. Say's command of watercolor, ink, and pencil develops the visual narrative through a combination of uncluttered interiors; peaceful, restorative gardens; and emotionally complex portraits. The concluding photograph of Yuriko as a young woman in Japan (also wearing a kimono) conveys an acceptance and pride regarding her heritage and adds impact to the message. A sensitive addition to the canon of picture books about children coming to terms with being "different."-Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Yuriko, who is staying with her father for the weekend, comes home upset after the kids in art class make fun of her name. She decides she wants to be called Michelle from now on, which her father humors with judicious stoicism. Over the next couple of days he takes her to her favorite restaurant for sushi, through the Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park, and to an ink-painting demonstration, but things turn sour again when they visit the Golden Gate Bridge—which is supposed to be the subject of a class art project—and find it shrouded in fog. One stroke of ingenuity on Yuriko’s part later, however, and things are set right again. Say’s artwork, rendered in pen and ink and watercolors, is as classy as ever. Although the little girl stars in every illustration, this clearly autobiographical book is very much from the father’s point of view. Still, the genuine warmth and nontrivializing look at childhood troubles should endear this to a young audience. And the emphasis on celebrating one’s culture while finding common ground with others is universally handy. Grades 1-3. --Ian Chipman
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The rest of the story sees how Yuriko sorts things out and comes to appreciate her uniqueness, with lots of help from dad of course. Beautifully illustrated, this story of a father's love for his daughter and how he helps her find her way is inspiring and uplifting, and is perfect for sharing between fathers and daughters.
The illustrations are lovely, both of the people and the scenery of San Francisco. A very satisfying book.
By: Allen Say
The Favorite Daughter by Allen Say is about a little girl named Yuriko and one day at school a girl called her Eureka and every one in her class laughed at her. Yuriko came home that day very sad the father said “What's wrong Yuriko?” “ Everyone at school was making fun of my name.” So that night Yuriko and her dad went to a sushi bar and her dad decided to have her skip school the next day to go to a park.
So that morning Yuriko and her father drove to a Japanese park and walked around enjoying the beautiful flowers and buildings. After they were done walking around they went to a little shop where they saw a man painting. The man asked “what is your name little girl” “Yuriko” she replied. “The child of the lily” the man said. So the man drew a pink lily for Yukiro and Yukiro realized that her name is very special and she can’t get mad over someone laughing at it.
This was a very good book I really liked the drawings in this book but some of the words were hard to pronounce. I would recommend this book because you will learn don't let people's opinions bring you down. I would give this book a 8/10 rating. But overall this was a very good book!
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A cute little girl comes home with a class assignment. She braught a photograph to shcool.Read more