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Grandfather's Journey
Allen Say


Houghton Mifflin Company

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Say, Allen.
Grandfather's journey / Allen Say.
Summary: A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's
journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings
of being torn by a love for two different countries.
ISBN 0-395-57035-2
[1. Grandfathers—Fiction. 2. Voyages and travels—Fiction.
3. Homesickness—Fiction. 4. Japan—Fiction. 5. United States—
Description and travel—Fiction. 6. Japanese Americans—Fiction.}
1. Title.
PZ7.S2744Gr 1993 93-18836
[E]—dc20 CIP

Copyright © 1993 by Allen Say

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WOZ 20

To Richard, Francine, and Davis

My grandfather was a young man when he left his home in Japan and went to see the world.

He wore European clothes for the first time and began his journey on a steamship. The Pacific Ocean astonished him.

For three weeks he did not see land. When land finally appeared it was the New World.

He explored North America by train and riverboat, and often walked for days on end.

Deserts with rocks like enormous sculptures amazed him.

The endless farm fields reminded him of the ocean he had crossed.

Huge cities of factories and tall buildings bewildered and yet excited him.

He marveled at the towering mountains and rivers as clear as the sky.

He met many people along the way. He shook hands with black men and white men, with yellow men and red men.

The more he traveled, the more he longed to see new places, and never thought of returning home.

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