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Grandfather's Journey

by Allen Say

Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books 1993

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Life in Other Countries

No matter which country you came from, this book will ring true in your heart, for you will always have one foot in one place and long for the other. "The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other." It is the same feeling that Pearl Buck wrote about in her novel, My Several Worlds.

I cannot read this beautiful picture book without a lump of longing in my throat, for even though I came to America from a country far away from Japan, the carefully chosen words intertwined with spectacular watercolors speak to me directly. The art of a great picture book is that it soars beyond the pages and connects hearts from all parts of the world. Allen Say is a true "Sensei" and I can only say,"Domo arrigato gozaimas." Thank you very much.