This book tells the story of a generational cycle. We begin with Allen Say’s grandfather who journeyed from Japan to California in the 1800s. Through his eyes we see the beauties of America – the wide open fields, the lofty mountains, the puffing trains, and tranquil lakes. But after marrying and having children, he realized that he longed to return to his homeland. So back he went, taking his children with him. His daughter married a man there in Japan, and when their son was born, they named him Allen. Allen grew up in Japan, but his grandfather told him many stories about America, that wonderful land across the sea. So, when he was old enough, Allen too struck out across the ocean to explore.
Conclusion. Good – not super informative, but the portrait-like style of the illustrations is nice.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret