DIVerse Families
 
How My Parents Learned to Eat

Title

How My Parents Learned to Eat

Authors

Ina R. Friedman

Illustrator

Allen Say

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin

Publication Year

1984

ISBN

9780395353790

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

An American sailor courts a Japanese girl and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

450L

Topic

Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Biracial; Interracial; Bicultural; biracial child; mixed race; interracial family; interracial marriage; bicultural family; bicultural child

Main Character

female child; adult male; adult female

Race/Ethnicities

Japanese / White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Christopher Award, 1985, Winner
American Experience: Strength from Diversity
Books for Beginning Readers, 1998 Putting It all Together
Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 Stories: Five to Seven
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006
Recommended Picture Books Featuring Interracial Families, 2011 Picture Book

Keywords

Japanese; American; sailor; chopsticks; knives; forks; eating utensils; eating; dinner; courting

Diversity Impact

direct

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