JA Trivia Quiz

*** Allen Say Trivia Quiz Results! ***

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever Museum Store trivia quiz! The winner of the ALLEN SAY PRIZE PACKAGE is… Gloria A. of Torrance, CA. Gloria will be receiving her signed copy of Allen Say’s new book Music for Alice, an Allen Say Notecard Set, and an Allen Say’s Journey button .

Thanks again for supporting the Japanese American National Museum!!!



1. What holiday does Allen Say’s book Tree of Cranes explore?

[a] Passover

[b] Arbor Day

[c] Christmas

[d] Halloween

[answer: {c} Christmas]

In his book, Tree of Cranes, Allen Say examines Christmas traditions. The story is based on Say’s first recollections of Christmas in Japan. Greeting cards featuring images from Tree of Cranes are also available for purchase through the Museum Store Online.

2. Allen Say’s new book Music for Alice was inspired by the true story of a vibrant, elderly dancer named Alice. What is her last name?

[a] Say

[b] Sumida

[c] Sato

[d] Sameshima

[Answer: {b} Sumida]

Music for Alice, Allen Say’s latest book, is based on the true story of Alice Sumida, whom Say met through a mutual friend. To find out more about Music for Alice, please read our interview with Allen Say.

3. This poignant 1994 book about Allen Say’s grandfather won Say the prestigious Caldecott Medal. What is the book’s title?

[a] Grandfather’s Journey

[b] Grandpa’s Tale

[c] Home of the Brave

[d] The Sign Painter

[Answer: {a} Grandfather’s Journey]

Grandfather’s Journey won Allen Say the Caldecott Medal in 1994. The Medal, named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is one of the nation’s highest honors for children’s book artists. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

4. In Allen Say’s book A River Dream, a boy receives a box of fishing flies with magical qualities. Who gives him the box?

[a] His grandfather

[b] His uncle

[c] His mother

[d] None of the above

[Answer: {b} his uncle]

The young hero of Allen Say’s book, A River Dream, receives the magical box of fishing flies from his uncle. The book was named a 1988 New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

5. In another of his books, Allen Say depicted his mother’s struggles to balance Japanese and American cultures. Two popular beverages are featured in the book’s title. What are they?

[a] tea and milk

[b] coffee and tea

[c] punch and soda

[d] sake and root beer

[Answer: {a} tea and milk; from Tea with Milk]

Tea and milk symbolize Japanese and American cultures in Allen Say’s book, Tea with Milk which is the story of Say’s mother as a young woman struggling between two cultures.

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