"But I also miss the mountains and rivers of my childhood. I miss my old friends. So I return now and then, when I can not still the longing in my heart.
The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other.
I think I know my grandfather now. I miss him very much."
There are many things that I loved about this book. The first is the beautiful art work that Allen Say has created with simple watercolors. He uses their softness to create an almost dream like imagines in the story.The illustrations give the feel that you are with him looking back at his memories. They have the softness and hazy that memories have over time where you forget or ignore all the bad things. The next thing that I enjoyed in this story was the simplicity of the sentences. Each word was chosen with care, there's not a word wasted. They allow the pictures to carry the imagine and for your imagination to soar. As a military spouse, I understand the problem of loving where you are yet missing and longing for your childhood memories. Every place you live has its own special beauty and cultural that you can understand and appreciate, however there's always something inside that draws you back to the comfort of your childhood.
Finally as someone who came into teaching later in life, I can relate to Allen Say. He had many careers and lives before he became a writer and illustrator. Then he used his life experiences to tell stories and help people understand his multicultural view point of the world.