Synopses & Reviews
Based on Allen Say& #39; s own boyhood in Japan, The Ink-Keeper& #39; s< br=""> Apprentice is a rich and remarkable novel. The story of a budding< br=""> artist and his steps toward self-reliance, Kiyoi& #39; s tale is also one of< br=""> the fragile beauty of human relationships& mdash; of family< br=""> loyalty, of friendship, and of the special bond between a mentor and< br=""> his student.
Based on Allen Says own boyhood in Japan, The Ink-Keepers Apprentice is a rich and remarkable novel. The story of a budding artist and his steps toward self-reliance, Kiyois tale is also one of the fragile beauty of human relationships of family loyalty, of friendship, and of the special bond between a mentor and his student.
In this rich autobiographical novel, readers learn the real story behind the Caldecott medalist best known for his picture book Grandfather's Journey. Just after World War II in Japan, a young apprentice to a famous cartoonist learns self-reliance in a tale that reveals the fragile beauty of human relationships.
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.