Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Drawing from Memory


Author & Illustrator:   Allen Say
Publisher:  Scholastic
Publication Year: 2011  
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee

Awards:   Sibert Honor, ALA Notable, Booklist Best, Kirkus Best, NYT Notable

Summary:  Beautiful drawings, diagrams, paintings, and photographs illustrate this autobiography of the exclaimed author/illustrator. Say traces his birth in Japan where he learned to read at an early age and dreamed of being a cartoonist. His father did not approve, "Artists are lazy and scruffy people - they are not respectable!" After World War II, he moved to Sasebo, and his parents were divorced. He went to live with his grandmother who got him an apartment by himself at the age of 12. He became the apprentice of a famous cartoonist while going to school. In 1952, he immigrated to America with his father. His mentor called him the "treasure of his life."

Classroom Ideas: autobiography, art, The theme of this book is spoken by Say's mother "Let your dear child journey."

Extras: map of Japan, author's note with photographs of Say's reunion with his former mentor,

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