Spotlight On: Author Allen Say

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Allen Say is an author who many people are not too familiar with, but should be.  He has written and illustrated many picture books, primarily geared toward elementary-age children.  Many of his books can also be used to teach upper elementary and middle schoolers important life-lessons and historical diversity.  His artistic style is so unique with its rich and vivid tones that his books are easily recognizable.  Say’s subject matter is usually semi-autobiographical.  He was born in Japan in 1937.  His father was a Korean orphan raised by a British family and his mother was Japanese, born in California.  Say’s books often feature Japanese characters in cross-cultural situations and experiences.

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Some of Allen Say’s work:

  • Tree of Cranes (Review to Come)
  • Allison
  • Emma’s Rug
  • Grandfather’s Journey-1994 Caldecott Medal Winner (Review to Come)
  • Home of the Brave
  • Stranger in the Mirror
  • Tea with Milk
  • The Boy of the Three Year Nap (Illustrator)- 1989 Caldecott Honor

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