Academic journal article Language Arts

The Favorite Daughter

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Favorite Daughter

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The Favorite Daughter Written and illustrated by Allen Say Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-545-17662-0

The unconditional love between a father and daughter is artfully represented in Allen Say's newest picturebook, The Favorite Daughter. Yuriko decides she no longer likes her name or art after a new art teacher mistakenly calls her "Eureka" and her classmates tease her. Yuriko finds hiding from her true self to be difficult once she resolves to change her name, who she is, and what she loves to do. With guidance from her father, Yuriko reclaims her Japanese heritage and her confidence as an artist as they visit favorite Japanese-inspired landmarks in New York, talk through her feelings, and tackle an assignment for her art teacher.

As in his previous works, such as Caldecott winner Grandfather's Journey (2008) and Drawing from Memory (2011), accomplished storyteller Say draws from his own life to recount his daughter Yuriko's journey, and does so in ways that will resonate with many readers. …

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