Grandfather's journey (#12662X9)

by Say, Allen

11 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Paperback Sandpiper/Houghton Mifflin, 1993
Price: USD 7.85
Description: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 3.6
AR 3.6 LG .5 7570EN; LEX AD650L; F&P P


Other available formats

Hardcover Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013

USD 16.65

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A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America, which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.

From the Publisher
Lyrical, breathtaking, splendid--words used to describe Allen Say's Grandfather's Journey when it was first published. At once deeply personal yet expressing universally held emotions, this tale of one man's love for two countries and his constant desire to be in both places captured readers' attention and hearts. Winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal, it remains as historically relevant and emotionally engaging as ever.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Sandpiper/Houghton Mifflin
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2008
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-547-07680-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-547-07680-5
  • Follett Number: 12662X9
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.6
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.6
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 7570EN
  • Lexile: AD650L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: P

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 04/01/03
  • Booklist, 06/01/97
  • Caldecott Medal, 1994
  • Christian Library Journal, 12/15/04
  • Elementary School Library Collection, 06/01/00
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/14
  • L.A. Recommended Foreign Language, 02/01/99
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal, 07/01/97
  • School Library Journal starred, 09/01/98
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Horn Book Guide starred (March, 1994)
Say's grandfather travels throughout North America as a young man but, unable to forget his homeland, returns to Japan with his family, where the author is born. Say now lives in California and returns to his native land from time to time. "The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other. I think I know my grandfather now." The immigrant experience has rarely been so poignantly evoked as it is in this direct, lyrical narrative, accompanied by soft-toned watercolors.

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