Stranger in the Mirror by Allen Say

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One morning Sam wakes up and looks at his reflection in the mirror. Overnight he has changed, and he sees a stranger's face staring back at him - an old face. Sam has suddenly aged. As a result, his classmates won't play with him, and at home his family treats him like a different person. On the inside, though, he is the same Sam - why can't anyone see that?
 

About Allen Say

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Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book -- published in 1972 -- in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published October 26, 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 36 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Thinking about his grandfather, Sam decides that he doesn't want to grow old—but he wakes up the next morning with an old man's face.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Stranger in the Mirror

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A child's unrest over the departure of his grandfather sparks the Caldecott Medalist's provocative new story, which begins with Sam gripped by the thought of ``how small Grandpa had looked waving good

Oct 30 1995 | Read Full Review of Stranger in the Mirror

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