Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Favorite Daughter

Written by: Allen Say

First line: Yuriko came to stay with her father on Thursday that week.

Why you should read this book: It's a wonderful examination of identity in young children, with intersecting themes of divorce, race, culture, and artistic integrity. When a blonde Japanese-American girl brings her baby picture into school, her peers' reactions force her to confront the binary aspects of her heritage. A seemingly unimaginative art assignment provides the catalyst for her father to help her figure out how to reconcile who she is with who the world asks her to be.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You rub your chopsticks.

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