The Favorite Daughter

by Allen Say, Illustrated By Allen Say

Arthur A. Levine Books
June 2013

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Library of Congress: 2012026830

Lexile measure: 510L

Yuriko hates her name when the children make fun of it and call her "Eureka!" Though she is half Japanese, the teasing makes her want to hide, to retreat even from the art projects she used to love. Fortunately she has a patient, kind father who finds gentle ways of drawing her out and reminding Yuriko of the traditions they share that have always brought her joy: walks in lovely Golden Gate Park, lunch at their favorite sushi restaurant, watching the fog blow in off the bay. It's enough... it's more than enough to face down her challenges with confidence.

From the incomparable Allen Say comes another moving story taken from his personal experience and translated to the universal. This tale, dedicated with love to Say's daughter, is one for all parents who want their children to feel pride in their heritage, and to know their own greatest sources of strength and inspiration.

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER will be a favorite for years to come.
Allen Say

Allen Say is the beloved author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the highly acclaimed Drawing from Memory, The Inker's Shadow, and The Favorite Daughter (all published by Scholastic); the Caldecott Medal winner Grandfather's Journey; and the Caldecott Honor winner The Boy of the Three-Year Nap. He is known for his technical skill and varied style, and his books pay tribute to Japanese culture, as well as his own personal experiences. His many books include Tree of Cranes, Under the Cherry Blossom Tree, Tea with Milk, and Erika-San. He lives in Portland, Oregon.



    "Aesthetically superb; this will fascinate comics readers and budding artists while creating new Say fans." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

    "Illustrations are richly detailed and infused with warmth.... Readers of all ages will be inspired by the young Say's drive and determination." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

    "As the story of a young artist's coming of age, Say's account is complex, poignant, and unfailingly honest. Say's fans--and those who also feel the pull of the artist's life--will be captivated." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

    "Approached from almost any angle, this book is a treasure." -- WASHINGTON POST



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545176620

32pp. | 9-½ x 10