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Music for Alice

Music for Alice (2004)
The true story of a remarkable woman who refused to be defeated by the many challenges life presented her.

As a girl, Alice loved to dance, but the rhythms of her life offered little opportunity for a foxtrot, let alone a waltz. World War II erupted soon after she was married. Alice and her husband, along with many other Japanese Americans, were forced to leave their homes and report to assembly centers around the country. Undaunted, Alice and her husband learned to make the most of every circumstance, from their stall in the old stockyard in Portland to the decrepit farm in the Oregon desert, with its field of stones. Like a pair of skilled dancers, they sidestepped adversity to land gracefully amid golden opportunity. Together they turned a barren wasteland into a field of endless flowers. Such achievements did not come without effort and sacrifice, though, and Alice often thought her dancing days were long behind her. But as her story testifies, life is full of changes . . .

In this striking book, Allen Say introduces readers to the remarkable story of the life of a woman whose perseverance and resilience serve as an inspirational reminder that dreams can be fulfilled, even when least expected.

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave (2002)
All ages • 32 pages
"What Say does so successfully here is to show how displaced children feel; how, through some unnamed strength, they manage to survive and find their way home . . . The story's real focus is not so much the reexamination of America's historical past as the recollection of its emotional past — a past we become a part of through Allen Say's intense dreamscape." — New York Times Book Review

Grandfather's Journey

Grandfather's Journey (1993)
All ages • 32 pages
Bulletin Blue Ribbon
Caldecott Medal Book
ALA Notable Book
Booklist Editors' Choice
Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
Horn Book Fanfare Selection
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year

The Sign Painter

The Sign Painter (2000)
All ages • 32 pages
New York Times Editors’ Choice
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Newsweek Magazine Best Book of the Year

Tea with Milk

Tea with Milk (1999)
Riverbank Review Book of Distinction
Bulletin Blue Ribbon
SLJ Best Book
ALA Notable Book

Allison

Allison (1997)
Parents' Choice Silver Award
Parenting Reading Magic Award
National Parenting Publictions Book Award

Under the Cherry Blossom Tree

Under the Cherry Blossom Tree (1997)
"Allen Say retells a classic makura — a short story told in Japanese joke houses to warm up the audience — with the sharpness, vigor, and timing of a stand-up comic." — Publishers Weekly

Emma's Rug

Emma's Rug (1996)
Parents' Choice Award
Parenting Reading Magic Award

Stranger in the Mirror

Stranger in the Mirror (1995)
"This haunting story exposes the agony caused by American attitudes toward aging and differences." — School Library Journal, starred review

The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice

The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice (1994)
"A warm, sensitive portrait of growing up in postwar Japan." — Booklist, starred review

Tree of Cranes

Tree of Cranes (1991)
ALA Notable Book
Bulletin Blue Ribbon

El Chino

El Chino (1990)
Booklist Editors' Choice
Bulletin Blue Ribbon
Horn Book Fanfare Selection

The Lost Lake

The Lost Lake (1989)
"Say's watercolor paintings, embracing the many moods of the natural world . . ., really command attention. Readers will feel that they have been on their own journey of discovery." — Horn Book

The Boy of the Three-Year Nap

The Boy of the Three-Year Nap (1988)
written by Dianne Snyder
Caldecott Honor Book
ALA Notable Book
Booklist Editors' Choice
Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
Horn Book Fanfare Selection
SLJ Best Book

A River Dream

A River Dream (1988)
New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

How My Parents Learned to Eat

How My Parents Learned to Eat (1984)
written by Ina Friedman
ALA Notable Book
Horn Book Fanfare Selection
Reading Rainbow Review Book

The Bicycle Man

The Bicycle Man (1982)
ALA Notable Book
Booklist Editors' Choice
Reading Rainbow Feature Selection



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