Music for Alice SIGNED by Allen Say & Alice Sumida ~ Oregon Japanese-American Biography/Life Story


Title: Music for Alice

Author: Allen Say

Description: Signed by Alice Sumida (the subject and dedicatee of the book) on the title page and inscribed by the author on the dedication page along with his hand-drawn self-portrait. First printing (with full number line). Bookplate on ffep, else clean and unmarked. Dust jacket not price clipped; in an archival mylar sleeve. 32 pages. 8.5 x 11 inches.

The true life story of a Japanese-American farmer, recounting her agricultural successes and setbacks and her enduring love of dance. Based on the life story of Alice Etsuko Eto Sumida (1914-2018), who with her husband Mark established the largest gladiola bulb farm in the country during the last half of the twentieth century.

From her growing up on a farm in California, to her and her husband's forced removal from their home in Seattle into an assembly center in Portland following Pearl Harbor, the story follows their struggles and successes farming in Eastern Oregon and tells of her life journey and her passion for dancing through the years after the passing of her husband.

Allen Say (b. 1937) is a Caldecott Medal-winning, Japanese-American writer and illustrator who has lived in both San Francisco and Portland.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket Condition: Fine

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company / Walter Lorraine Books
Place: Boston
Year: 2004

ISBN: 0618311181

Keywords: children's, illustrated, picture book, Japanese-American, Nikkei, farms, farming, Oregon, WWII, biography,

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