This is a touching picture book about three generations of a Japanese family who are torn between a love for the land of California and a love for the mountains and villages of Japan. The author shares how he knows and understands his grandfather now that he has experienced the same emotion of leaving his home in Japan and settling in California - and the strong and constant desire to be in both places at once. 32 pgs, pb. ~ Zach
Through compelling reminiscences of his grandfather's life in America and Japan, Allen Say gives us a poignant acount of a family's unique cross-cultural experience. He warmly conveys his own love for his two countries, and the strong and constant desire to be in both places at once. Winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal.