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The Favorite Daughter
by Allen Say


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545176620
  • ISBN-10: 054517662X
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Publish Date: May 2013
  • Page Count: 28
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - Asian American
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Parents

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-04-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Yuriko’s classroom is an uncomfortable place to be a biracial child. “The new art teacher called me ‘Eureka,’ ” Yuriko tells her father. “I want an American name, Daddy.” Fortunately, Yuriko’s father adores her—hence the book’s title, Say’s nickname for his only child. His ability to mediate between Japanese culture and American reality helps turn a frustrating class art assignment into triumph; Yuriko uses a collection of chopsticks and some fluffy cotton to construct a replica of the Golden Gate bridge blanketed in fog. Caldecott-winner Say’s (Grandfather’s Journey) meticulous draftsmanship and openhearted honesty make this a memorable piece of autobiography. Family photographs of Yuriko dressed in Japanese kimono add to the story’s intimacy; she’s pictured first as a toddler, and then, on the last page, as a young woman, a bit self-conscious in her finery. As a bonus, Say offers an affirming portrait of a divorced father savoring every minute of his shared custody, and of an artist coaching his child through cookie-cutter art assignments: “They’re fun if you think of them as puzzles,” he tells her. Ages 4–8. (June)

 
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