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:
- Christopher Award, 1985 Winner Ages 6-8 United States
- American Experience: Strength from Diversity ; ALSC American Library Association
- Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
- 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