Illustrator/Author: Allen Say
The illustrations are beautiful, and laid out somewhat like a memory book or photo album, which is correct for the subject matter. The story is clearly heartfelt and true, though not actually all that well written. Say’s grandfather traveled from Japan to the US and back to Japan, always missing the other country. I’m sure this resonates for many immigrants and travelers, but the wording was sometimes clunky. The paintings are technically well-done, but only certain images seem like they truly have heart to them. Perhaps this is on purpose, to evoke snapshots, but I am not sure.