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.