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When Allison tries on the red kimono her grandmother has sent her, she is suddenly aware that she resembles her favorite doll more than she does her mother and father. When her parents try to explain that she is adopted, her world becomes an uncomfortable place. She becomes angry and withdrawn. She wonders why she was given up, what her real name is, and whether other children have parents in faraway countries. Allison's doll becomes her only solace until she finds a stray cat in the garden and learns the true meaning of adoption and parental love.

Review:

"A deep-gold jacket serves as a portrait frame for the title character's two pivotal moments in this penetrating picture book about a young girl who learns to accept her adopted family. The cover image shows Allison wearing a kimonoa gift from Grandmother — just like that worn by her doll Mei Mei; when the child stares into the mirror, she smiles to see that she and Mei Mei look very much alike, but when she sees her American mother and father, 'her smile disappeared.' Caldecott Medalist Say's (Grandfather's Journey) watercolors externalize Allison's inner landscape, a beige and neutral world in which she provides the only relief. The photographic quality of the art underscores Say's realistic treatment of his delicate subject (e.g., Allison's angry face after she shears the dolls whose 'hair wasn't like Mei Mei's,' an empty picture hook on the wall behind her). Cleverly, Say uses a stray cat that Allison wants to adopt to help her come to terms with her anger as she realizes everyone needs a family. A subtle, sensitive probing of interracial adoption, this exquisitely illustrated story will encourage thoughtful adult-child dialogue on a potentially difficult issue. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book — published in 1972 — in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618495375
Author:
Say, Allen
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Family - Adoption
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
Dolls
Subject:
Adoption
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper, Picture
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.95x9.56x.9 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
04-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A deep-gold jacket serves as a portrait frame for the title character's two pivotal moments in this penetrating picture book about a young girl who learns to accept her adopted family. The cover image shows Allison wearing a kimonoa gift from Grandmother — just like that worn by her doll Mei Mei; when the child stares into the mirror, she smiles to see that she and Mei Mei look very much alike, but when she sees her American mother and father, 'her smile disappeared.' Caldecott Medalist Say's (Grandfather's Journey) watercolors externalize Allison's inner landscape, a beige and neutral world in which she provides the only relief. The photographic quality of the art underscores Say's realistic treatment of his delicate subject (e.g., Allison's angry face after she shears the dolls whose 'hair wasn't like Mei Mei's,' an empty picture hook on the wall behind her). Cleverly, Say uses a stray cat that Allison wants to adopt to help her come to terms with her anger as she realizes everyone needs a family. A subtle, sensitive probing of interracial adoption, this exquisitely illustrated story will encourage thoughtful adult-child dialogue on a potentially difficult issue. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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