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The Inker's Shadow by Allen Say

The Inker's Shadow

by Allen Say

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Brilliant! Fascinating and inspiring! Allan Say presents in a long picture book format his memoir of the first three years he spent in America those being his high school years where he studied art. Left to fend for himself by a neglectful father 15-year-old Say lives on his own, works part-time and his talent is eventually "discovered" by a teacher or two leading to special opportunities and scholarships. The book ends with his graduation. It's also an interesting look at 1950s California, life for a Japanese youth in America just after the war, and about perseverance to make your dreams come true. Gorgeously illustrated throughout in various styles to reflect the content of the story, this is a book that will hold the interest of readers of all ages, especially other artists. ( )
  ElizaJane | Oct 12, 2015 |
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Caldecott Medalist, Allen Say, presents a companion to his award-wining DRAWING FROM MEMORY - the story of his coming-of-age at a military academy and the discovery of what it means to be American

For Allen Say, life as teen in Southern California was a cold existence. His father, one of the leading hamburger salesmen in Japan, ran a booming burger business, much like McDonald's, and sent Allen to an American military academy, so that his son could learn English and "become a success in life."

As the school's first and only Japanese student, he experienced immediate racism among his fellow cadets and his teachers. The other kids' parents complained about Allen's presence at the all-white school. As a result, he was relegated to a tool shed behind the mess hall. Determined to free himself from this oppression, Allen saved enough money to buy a 1946 Ford for $50 - then escaped to find the America of his dreams!

In this follow-up to DRAWING FROM MEMORY, Allen continues to reinvent himself as an author and illustrator. Melding his paintings with cartoon images and archival photos, Allen Say delivers an accessible book that will appeal to any reader in search of himself.

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A follow-up to Drawing From Memory recounts the author's coming-of-age at a military academy, where he endured harsh racism before embarking on a journey to discover himself as a Japanese-American artist.

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