Grandfather's journey (#0954DN7)

by Say, Allen

11 reviews & awards | 5 full-text reviews

Hardcover Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Price: USD 17.62
Description: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Dewey: -E-; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 3.6
AR 3.6 LG .5 7570EN; LEX AD650L; F&P P
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-3; Ages 4-7
From PW: Ages 4-8; SLJ: Gr 3-Up


Other available formats

Paperback Sandpiper/Houghton Mifflin, 1993

USD 7.94

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From Follett

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
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. This twentieth-anniversary gift edition of the modern classic features downloadable audio and an introduction by Allen Say.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication Date: November 5, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 20th anniversary edition.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-544-05050-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-544-05050-1
  • Follett Number: 0954DN7
  • Reading Level: 3.6
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-3
  • Ages: 4-7
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 4-8
  • School Library Journal: Gr 3-Up
  • 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 (Spring 2014)
As a young man, Say's grandfather travels throughout America, eventually returning to Japan. Say, who lived in California when he wrote this book, finds "the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other. I think know my grandfather now." The immigrant experience has rarely been so poignantly evoked as it is in this narrative, accompanied by soft-toned watercolors. This edition includes a one-page introduction by the author.

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