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The Favorite Daughter

Written & Illustrated by Allen Say


A father helps his daughter find pride and inspiration in this masterful picture book. Yuriko has always been happy with her name, and she’s always loved to make art.

But all that changes when a new art teacher calls her “Eureka” by mistake, and the other kids laugh. That makes her want to change who she is. And stop doing what she used to love. But when you run away from the things that make you “you,” how do you find your way home? Yuriko doesn’t have all the answers, but he does know how to help Yuriko find them herself.

An inspiring tale of the love between a father and daughter from master storyteller Allen Say.


Reviews and Awards

2013 NAPPA Silver Award

“Caldecott-winner Say’s meticulous draftsmanship and openhearted honesty make this a memorable piece of autobiography.” - Publishers Weekly

“Illustrated with spare, clean watercolors, there is subtlety in this tale that’s told almost completely through the dialogue between father and daughter. Some will identify with the cultural details that ground the tale; all will relate to how teasing makes Yuriko feel uncertain about the very things that make her unique…. This is as much a story about cultural pride as it about self-esteem and problem-solving, from which all can draw a lesson.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Say’s artwork, rendered in pen and ink and watercolors, is as classy as ever…. [T]he genuine warmth and nontrivializing look at childhood troubles should endear this to a young audience. And the emphasis on celebrating one’s culture while finding common ground with others is universally handy.” - Booklist

“Say’s autobiographical picture books about members of his family have successfully told very specific, deeply personal stories bolstered by universal themes, and this one, featuring his favorite (and only) daughter, is another fine example… Filled with light, the realistic illustrations reflect the narrative’s upbeat mood and tell the story in tandem with natural-sounding dialogue in which a dad handles his daughter’s difficulties with both respect and humor. Say’s adult fans will enjoy this inside look at the artist and his child—who, at thirteen, wrote an essay about her father for this magazine (published in the July/August 1994 issue, to accompany his Caldecott Medal acceptance speech)… [A] story that celebrates both creativity and individuality - traits Say has clearly passed on to his daughter.” - Horn Book


Purchase Options
Indiebound Scholastic • Amazon • Barnes & Noble



Summer 2013
Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-545-17662-0
Price: $17.99/$19.99
Trim Size: 9 1/2" x 10"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic Inc.
Translation Rights: Scholastic Inc.
Rights Available? yes