How My Parents Learned to Eat: Ina R. Friedman

How My Parents Learned to Eat

Author: Ina R. Friedman
Illustrator: Allen Say
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 1984
Brief Summary: A girl tells the story of how her Japanese mom met her American sailor dad and how each learned to eat the other’s way.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

 Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • Discussion on multiculturalism.  Why was the girl worried about eating with the American sailor?  Why was he worried?
  • Studied the pictures and describe the setting.  What can you tell about Japanese culture/customs by looking at the illustrations?
  • How did your parents or grandparents meet?  Interview them if possible (or another couple you admire) and write about their first-meeting/courtship story.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Language arts
  • Social studies: Japanese culture; cross cultural awareness
  • Text-to-self connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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