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Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
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Feb 02, 10

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Grandfather's Journey followed an aspiring young man from Japan who sought the adventure the United States had to offer him. Once seeing the wistful west coast, he decided to stay, marry and raise a family in San Fransisco. Yet his homeland of Japan was always whispering for him to come back. And he did just that when his daughter turned sixteen. His daughter decided to stay in Japan, marry and raise a family. And this, now wiser man, told stories of the United States to his grandson, wishing to go back just one more time to visit his other homeland. Never having the opportunity himself, his daughter and her family did move back.

This multi-generational journey is a story of how a multicultural family always feels the pull of their other home calling for them. The pictures in this novel are soft, wishful watercolors that create a sense of peace. An excellent, quick read that discovers and teaches how one's heart can be divided, in a good way between two cultures.

The only part of this book that I missed was the reality of being a person of multiple cultures, a struggle of personal identity. For someone who is of multiple cultures I feel that there was always an outside pressure to choose one or the other.
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