Grandfather’s Journey

  • Title: Grandfather’s Journey
  • Author: Allen Say
  • Illustrator: Allen Say
  • Publisher: Sandpiper, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
  • Publication year: 1993
  • Brief Summary: From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company-“When he was a young man, Allen Say’s grandfather left his home in Japan to explore the world. He began his journey by crossing the Pacific Ocean on a steamship, then wandered the deserts, farmlands, and cities of North America. Allen Say lovingly tells the story of his own family’s cross-cultural history in elegant watercolor paintings that earned him a Caldecott Medal in 1994.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This could be useful in the classroom on the topic of immigration and for history, when discussing WWII.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Say’s illustrations are like photographs. I think one of my favorite illustrations is a young Say as a toddler while his grandfather helps him to walk.

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