Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Favorite Daughter


Author & Illustrator:   Allen Say
Publisher:  Arthur Levine
Publication Year:   2013
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee

Awards:   Christian Science Monitor Best Book

Summary:  Yuriko has to deal with some teasing at school about being bi-racial and her untraditional name. Her father takes her to a Japanese garden and reminds her of the gifts of her heritage. After a lot of special talk, Yuriko creates a unique art project and reclaims her pride in her name and herself. Allen Say wrote this book for his own daughter and it contains actual drawings of her as a child and then again as an adult. This autobiographical story shows a different side of Allen Say.

Classroom Ideas:  The theme of this story is a very important one, especially for biracial children, but really for any child as they learn to appreciate the things that make them unique. It would be wonderful for a guidance counselor too.

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