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Grandfather's Journey (1993)

af Allen Say

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A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.



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Personal Response: This is a lovely picture book, with a strong message on understanding our family and relating to their experiences. I particularly enjoyed the quiet tone of the illustrations and excitement conveyed during the grandfather’s explorations in America.

Evaluation: Say uses white space on each page to make every illustration look like a portrait; most of the images look like captioned paintings. This invokes a sense of history and intimacy, almost as if this is Say’s personal family photo album. The illustrations are filled with soft, warm tones, which reflect the calm and quiet mood of the story. Although major events occur during the book (such as war), the central plot of the story revolves around the grandfather’s homesickness and his longing for a peaceful home. The muted illustrations convey the slight sadness and internalized longing that come with feeling homesick. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
There are two reasons I liked this book. First, I liked the point of view. In the fiction picture book, Grandfather’s Journey, a grandson narrates his grandfather’s journey to the United States. He mentions all the place his grandfather saw and when his grandfather had his mother, he missed his home in Japan. While living in Japan, the grandfather then misses living in California. The Grandfather longed to visit California one more time but did not get the chance to do so. The grandson takes it among himself to go visit California, then he realizes why his grandfather loved California as much as Japan. In the story, the grandson starts in third person and then switches to first person. Second, I loved the illustration. I felt as though I was watching a film strip video. All the illustration was inside a square box with soft warm colors. The illustration at the beginning had a lot of black, but when the story switches to Japan, there are many greens. In my mind when I think of Japan, I think about all the gardens they like to take care of. The message of this story is that as grandchildren we can love the same things our grandparents did as well. We are not only connected to family by blood, but we can share the same interests as well. ( )
  ileonr1 | Apr 28, 2020 |
Through "Grandfather's Journey" we see how regardless if people immigrate to the United States, or any other country, there is a piece of their country that remains in their heart. We see Grandfather's trek across the Pacific Ocean to San Fransico where he learns new faces, new scenery, and new lifestyle. The longing to return home does not leave him, and the grandson's heart mimics his grandfather's as he gets homesick for the other country as soon as he goes to the next. ( )
  cblanco | Mar 28, 2020 |
The narrator's grandfather sets off from Japan to California as a young man – sometime around the late 19th century – and travels the entire United States. After taking in as much of the Western nation as he can, he returns to Japan, marries, and together, he and his wife move to California, where they have and raise a daughter. When their daughter is a young woman, Grandfather longs to return to Japan. Back in Japan, their daughter marries. The young couple have a son and raise him in Japan. But Grandfather still reminisces about California and longs to visit again... but not before World War II devastates Japan, making a trip for Grandpa improbable. After Grandfather dies, the young son is now a young man. He travels to California with his wife and again and again goes back to Japan to visit. He realizes he and his Grandfather have something in common - a true love for both lands, California and Japan.

The illustrations in this book easily stand alone. They are transporting images that are carefully rendered. The characters' faces show lots of feeling. The story itself is simply told, without too much logistical detail or accompanying hardship depicted. The story focuses instead on the multigenerational tradition, of sorts, of immigrating and redefining home. ( )
  lydsmith | Mar 25, 2020 |
Grandfather describes his journey to America and the experiences that made him fall in love with her. When he finally settled in California, he began to miss Japan and everything he missed about it. Grandfather journeys back a forth from Japan to America because his love for both country’s wouldn’t let him settle in just one. ( )
  Lakieshal | Feb 4, 2020 |
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Gr 3 Up-A personal history of three generations of the author's family that points out the emotions that are common to the immigrant experience. Splendid, photoreal watercolors have the look of formal family portraits or candid snapshots, all set against idyllic landscapes in Japan and in the U.S. (Sept., 1993)
tilføjet af sriches | RedigerSchool Library Journal (Jul 22, 1993)
Say transcends the achievements of his Tree of Cranes and A River Dream with this breathtaking picture book, at once a very personal tribute to his grandfather and a distillation of universally shared emotions. Elegantly honed text accompanies large, formally composed paintings to convey Say's family history; the sepia tones and delicately faded colors of the art suggest a much-cherished and carefully preserved family album. A portrait of Say's grandfather opens the book, showing him in traditional Japanese dress, ``a young man when he left his home in Japan and went to see the world.'' Crossing the Pacific on a steamship, he arrives in North America and explores the land by train, by riverboat and on foot. One especially arresting, light-washed painting presents Grandfather in shirtsleeves, vest and tie, holding his suit jacket under his arm as he gazes over a prairie: ``The endless farm fields reminded him of the ocean he had crossed.'' Grandfather discovers that ``the more he traveled, the more he longed to see new places,'' but he nevertheless returns home to marry his childhood sweetheart. He brings her to California, where their daughter is born, but her youth reminds him inexorably of his own, and when she is nearly grown, he takes the family back to Japan. The restlessness endures: the daughter cannot be at home in a Japanese village; he himself cannot forget California. Although war shatters Grandfather's hopes to revisit his second land, years later Say repeats the journey: ``I came to love the land my grandfather had loved, and I stayed on and on until I had a daughter of my own.'' The internal struggle of his grandfather also continues within Say, who writes that he, too, misses the places of his childhood and periodically returns to them. The tranquility of the art and the powerfully controlled prose underscore the profundity of Say's themes, investing the final line with an abiding, aching pathos: ``The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other.'' Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

"The immigrant experience has rarely been so poignantly evoked as it is in this direct, lyrical narrative that is able to stir emotions through the sheer simplicity of its telling."
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