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Grandfather's Journey

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Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

From the book flap: Through compelling reminiscences of his grandfather's life in America and Japan, Allen Say gives us a poignant account 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.

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✒️ Author & illustrator

Author: Allen Say

Website for Allen Say

Other books by Allen Say

The author is also the illustrator.

📖 Topics from the book:

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📂 Units, Activities, and Resources for Grandfather's Journey

Schooltime Snippets: Rowing Grandfather's Journey

Origami Bird (Grandfather's Journey)
Instructions for making an origami flapping bird

The Unsells: Rowing Grandfather's Journey

Interview with Allen Say
Caldecott winner Allen Say (Grandfather's Journey) talks about living alone in Tokyo at age 12, studying with cartoon master Noro Shinpei, his career as a photographer, and finally returning to his love of storytelling through words and pictures.

Grandfather's Journey Extension Activities
From Grades 3-5

Grandfather's Journey lesson ideas
Includes a book talk, author/illustrator study, classroom connections, list of related books, web activities and link

Why are we featuring this book?

Grandfather's Journey is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Grandfather's Journey. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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