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
This book is marvelous, resplendent, and really special. I have no adequate words to do it justice.
The last line almost got me crying with emotion but the entire book was superb.
It’s a completely absorbing life story, a wonderful...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
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
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
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
Genre: Biography-Graphic Novel
Discussion Questions: Remembering: Who were the main characters? Understanding: Explain why the story has the title it does. Applying: Think about when the main character was offered the option to move into an apartment on his own. What would you have done in that situation? Analyzing: What is the relationship between the main character and his father? How does this relationship evolve over the course of the story? Evaluating: In your opinion w...more
It's also made me extremely intereste...more
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Allen Say’s life will prove unusual to most young readers but should be interesting to many readers, both boys and girls. At age 12 Say moved into a small apartment in Tokyo where he lived alone although the apartment was paid for by his mother and grandmother. He was in m...more
Worth saying that my former 12 year old budding artist husband is over the moon about this book.
This is an outstanding book with many details on a Japanese artist's journey through the art world during World War 2. As long as you don't have any trouble following in a pool of memories and details, this is a book for you! Anyone can read this book and have no problem! I finished in a day and I wish I hadn't because it was such an interesting and touching story about a man who dreams big, and achieves greatly!
Now I want to read and see more by Say.
excerpt: "But I can't draw hands, Sensei, how long do I have to practice ?" I asked.
"Bad word, Kiyoi. Drawing is never a practice.
To draw is to see and discover.
Every time you draw,
you discover something new.
Focused on personal development, the text lies within the context of WWII and human rights...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