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Tea with Milk

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Tea with Milk

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Author:

Say, Allen

Illustrator:

Say, Allen

Publisher:

Houghton Mifflin

Categories:

Multicultural

Ages:

3-5, 6-8

Summary: At home in San Francisco, May speaks Japanese and the family eats rice and miso soup and drinks green tea. When she visits her friends' homes, she eats fried chicken and spaghetti. May plans someday to go to college and live in an apartment of her own. But when her family moves back to Japan, she soon feels lost and homesick for America. In Japan everyone calls her by her Japanese name, Masako. She has to wear kimonos and sit on the floor. Poor May is sure that she will never feel at home in this country. Eventually May is expected to marry and a matchmaker is hired. Outraged at the thought, May sets out to find her own way in the big city of Osaka. With elegant watercolors reminiscent of Grandfather's Journey, Allen Say has created a moving tribute to his parents and their path to discovering where home really is. The accompanying story of his mother and her journey as a young woman is heartfelt.

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Name:

Dapne

Hometown:

New York

Age:

9

Review:

It is a great book. May likes San Fransisco but she has to move to Japan. She has to wear a kimono and sit on the floor for a long time. Masaco decides to move to a city in Japan. She gets a job that she does not like. Then her manager sees Masaco talking to a family in English. He gives her a new job to translate to the people in English and help then around the store. She starts giving tours of the store. There was a man on the tour for three days. Masaco asks him why was he on the tour for so long and he said "Because I am going to have a job here and I want to know the store better". They have dinner together and they started to like each other. They get married . But Masaco was sad because her husband has to transfer for his job. They still see each other because they travel on a boat from city to city.

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Name:

Joanna

Hometown:

Kobe

Age:

8

Review:

I like Tea with Milk because I like how Allen Say is telling about his mother's childhood. And all the pictures describe the setting and what is happening.

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Name:

Claire

Hometown:

Kobe

Age:

9

Review:

This is a good story. She is a proper Japanese girl but thinks her home is drafty which is very very strange for a Japanese girl.

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Name:

Nobuko

Hometown:

Osaka

Age:

10

Review:

I like Tea with Milk because first she thinks Japan is bad then she thinks Japan is like U.S.A, and it ends with a happy ending.

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