Drawing from Memory
DRAWING FROM MEMORY is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today. Shunned by his father, who didn't understand his son's artistic leanings, Allen was embraced b
For my Sibert Award winning choice book I choose Drawing from Memory by Allan Say. This book was a Sibert Award honor book in 2012. Allan Say wrote this book about himself. He wrote about his journey to become an award despite his challenges which included WWII which was happen around him. He had been left on his own and became an apprentice for Naro Shinpei, Japan’s number one cartoonist and also Say’s idol. The book follows Say as he develops his talents in illustration and begins to open his...more
Curriculum Connection: Writing and Fine Arts 5.1 The student will use steps of the art-making process, including brainstorming, preliminary sketching, planning, reflecting, and refining, to synthesize i...more
Twin Text: Mulan
The non-fiction book, Drawing From Memory, reminds me very much of the fiction book, Mulan. Although Mulan is probably most known as being a Disney movie, it has also been remade as a children's picture book. I believe the two are similar for a few reasons. One obvious reason, is the fact that both emphasize the Asian culture. Allan Say is a young Japanese boy, from the 1940's, and Mulan is a young Chinese woman, from the warrior days in...more
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Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan's premier cartoonist DRAWING FROM MEMORY is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today. Shunned by his father, who didn't understand his son...more
It is three things:
1) An autobiography of Allen Say's early life, from the age of 4 until he left Japan as a teenager
2) A book about living your dream, no matter how impractical the rest of the world says it is
3) A book about life as an artist, in postwar Japan
The text is relatively brief, interspersed with short graphic segments, drawings and photographs, including work by his mentor Noro Shinpei, a revered cartoonist in Japan in t...more
Allen Say uses photographs, cartoons, paintings, and of course, words to illustrate an autobiographical look at his early years as an artist.
When was the last time you met a twelve-year-old who lived on his own in an apartment in a huge city? Probably never, right? Well that was real life for Allen Say.
Say had always known that he loved to draw, even when it was to the detriment of his school work and strongly discouraged by his own father. But when his grandmother told him that he...more
"Japan and America were at peace now, but the marriage of our parents was broken. Father took me and my sister and left Mother. Soon we had a stepmother. She was a kind woman, but we missed our mother.
"Mother returned to Yokohama and got a job and an apartment. I was eleven when she came to claim us. She took Sanae with her to Yokohama and sent me to stay with her mother in Tokyo. I was go...more
While all of his books stem from his lifetime experiences, Drawing from Memory is Say’s first autobiographical work focused on how he became an artist. Born in Yokohama, Japan in 1937, he was taught by his mother to rea...more
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I had received an advanced copy of this book and I thought, "hmm...this looks cool" and put it aside to read eventually. Well, then I went to ALA and heard Mr. Say talk about this book and I had read it i...more
Intended audience: 5th grade and up.
I discovered Allen Say for the first time this semester and was so happy to see that Tea with Milk (a beautifully illustrated biography of his mother's life) and Grandfather's Journey (a 1994 Caldecott winner and story about his grandfather's immigration experience in America) are in paperback. Drawing from Memory (2011) is a history of the illustrator and is great in so many ways. Like other autobiographies of children's book illustrator...more
Genre- Nonfiction/ Autobiography
Awards-2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor Medal
Blooms Taxanomy Questions-
=Remembering-Who was the main character in this story?
=Understanding-Explain why you think the author titled the story the way it is. "Drawing From Memory."
=Applying-What would you have done if your parents were not supportive of your goals?
=Analyzing-What is the relationship between Kiyoi (the author) and Tokida? Between him and his father? Use examples from the text to back...more
In this autobiography, Allen displays his artistry by using his drawing, cartoons, photographs and graphics interspersed with text to communicate fragments of his life story.
Allen was living on his own at the age of 12. At this early age he already held the love of drawing. He knew he wanted to be an artist. Allen wanted to perfect his art and searched for Nor Shinpei, a famous Japanese cartoonist, to be his sensei (...more
p. 33 - drawing with charcoal and using fresh bread to erase (!!) -- "I made a lot of black smearing, wasted charcoal and paper...more
The thing I liked most about this is how he integrates photographs, his own illustrations in a variety of styles, text, and other people's illustrations. It's not quite a graphic novel (except for maybe one page). It's not quite a picture book. It's almost...more