How My Parents Learned to Eat

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1984 - Juvenile Fiction - 30 pages
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An American sailor courts a young Japanese woman and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating. "The book is wonderfully thought-provoking in its portrayal of the subtle similarities and differences among cultures." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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User Review  - Rosa.Mill - LibraryThing

I remember reading this as a kid and finding it interesting (people in Spain also use their cutlery a little differently then Americans do.) Then as an adult when I learned to use chopsticks to eat ... Read full review

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

This is cute, sweet, story. John and Aiko love each other but are worried about embarrassing the other, because John doesn't know how to use chopsticks and Aiko doesn't know how to use a fork and ... Read full review

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About the author (1984)

Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book - published in 1972 - in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-timebasis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.

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