The Favorite Daughter
By Allen Say
(Arthur A. Levine Books, Hardcover, 9780545176620, 32pp.)
Publication Date: June 2013
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A father helps his daughter find pride and inspiration in this masterful picture book.
Yuriko hates her name when the children make fun of it and call her "Eureka!" Though she is half Japanese, the teasing makes her want to hide, to retreat even from the art projects she used to love. Fortunately she has a patient, kind father who finds gentle ways of drawing her out and reminding Yuriko of the traditions they share that have always brought her joy: walks in lovely Golden Gate Park, lunch at their favorite sushi restaurant, watching the fog blow in off the bay. It's enough... it's more than enough to face down her challenges with confidence.
From the incomparable Allen Say comes another moving story taken from his personal experience and translated to the universal. This tale, dedicated with love to Say's daughter, is one for all parents who want their children to feel pride in their heritage, and to know their own greatest sources of strength and inspiration.
THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER will be a favorite for years to come.
Allen Say is one of the most beloved artists working today. He is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, and also won a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (written by Dianne Snyder). Many of Allen's stories are derived from his own experiences as a child. His other books include THE BICYCLE MAN, TEA WITH MILK, and TREE OF CRANES, hailed by the HORN BOOK in a starred review as "the achievement of a master in his prime." Allen's recent book, DRAWING FROM MEMORY, received four starred reviews. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Praise for DRAWING FROM MEMORY
"Aesthetically superb; this will fascinate comics readers and budding artists while creating new Say fans." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
"Illustrations are richly detailed and infused with warmth.... Readers of all ages will be inspired by the young Say's drive and determination." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
"As the story of a young artist's coming of age, Say's account is complex, poignant, and unfailingly honest. Say's fans--and those who also feel the pull of the artist's life--will be captivated." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Approached from almost any angle, this book is a treasure." -- WASHINGTON POST