For Allen Say, life as teen in Southern California was a cold existence. His father, one of the leading hamburger salesmen in Japan, ran a booming burger business, much like McDonald's, and sent Allen to an American military academy, so that his son could learn English and "become a success in life."
As the school's first and only Japanese student, he experienced immediate racism among his fellow cadets and his teachers. The other kids' parents complained about Allen's presence at the all-white school. As a result, he was relegated to a tool shed behind the mess hall. Determined to free himself from this oppression, Allen saved enough money to buy a 1946 Ford for $50 - then escaped to find the America of his dreams!
In this follow-up to DRAWING FROM MEMORY, Allen continues to reinvent himself as an author and illustrator. Melding his paintings with cartoon images and archival photos, Allen Say delivers an accessible book that will appeal to any reader in search of himself.
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.