Allen Say

Books by This Author

Allison

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9

When Allison tries on the red kimono her grandmother has sent her, she is suddenly aware that she resembles her favorite doll more than she does her mother and father. When she learns that she is adopted, she becomes angry and withdrawn. Allison's doll becomes her only solace until she finds a stray cat in the garden and learns the true meaning of adoption and parental love.

Boy in the Garden

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9

Young Jiro is drawn to a small cottage when he and his father visit a rich man. There, inspired by a statue, Jiro relives the story told by his mother of the "Grateful Crane." The line between fantasy and reality blur for Jiro in this beautiful, mysterious telling.

Drawing from Memory

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 12-14

Caldecott Medalist, Allen Say, tells his own story in words and a variety of images both rendered and photographic. This is more authentic than Say's fictionalized but equally sophisticated, highly engaging account entitled The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice.

Drawing from Memory

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 9-12

A series of memories from this Caldecott Medalist's life begins in Japan and moves between the two cultures of which he is part. The revealing narration is interwoven with photographs, cartoons, sketches and more. Slightly older, more sophisticated readers may enjoy Say's slightly fictionalized autobiography, Ink-Keeper's Apprentice.

El Chino

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9

This remarkable story is based on the life of Billy Wong, a Chinese-American who travels to Europe, becomes fascinated with bullfighting, and decides to become a matador. Eventually, Billy's determination and recognition of what makes him unique helps him realize his dream. Luminous watercolors illustrate this sensitive picture book biography.

Emma's Rug

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9

Young Emma feels that her art is inspired by the white rug that she's had since birth. When her mother washes the rug, Emma is — at least for a time — convinced that the source of her talent is gone, too. Emma's child-like illustrations contrast to photo-realistic watercolors.

Erika-San

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9

Erika, an American child, was always fascinated by a painting at her grandmother's; that of a rustic home in Japan. As Erika grows, she studies Japan and its language then as an adult, gets a teaching position there and finally lives in her dreamed-of cottage. Erika's wish is fulfilled.

Grandfather's Journey

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9

A young man travels from his native Japan to the vast country called America before returning to visit his home with his bride. The exquisite watercolors give the appearance of a family photo album as it relates this autobiographical but universal story of immigration.
Country of origin: Japan
 

Home of the Brave

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 9-12

A contemporary man traveling in a kayak finds himself in an earlier time in an internment camp filled with Japanese American children. Photorealistic illustrations distinguish this sophisticated allegorical story and are sure to generate discussion.

Kamishibai Man

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9

An elderly kamishibai man travels the route on which he once told stories using his paper theater. Though the city is now crowded and noisy, the children — now grown — remember and stop once more. A note about kamishibai and stunning illustrations create broad reader appeal.

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Boy of the Three Year Nap

Illustrated by: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9

Though Taro is known for his laziness, he is also clever and so finds a way to become wealthy. Realistic illustrations place Taro and his mother in a long ago Japan in this spritely retelling of a traditional trickster tale.

How My Parents Learned to Eat

Illustrated by: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9

When an American sailor meets a Japanese woman, they both try in secret to learn the other's way of eating. Their courtship and growing love culminates in marriage. This realistic family story explores cultural similarities and differences and is told with humor and honesty by the couple's daughter.