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Posted October 27, 2003
One of My Favorite Childrens' Stories with a Lesson for Adults As Well
Set in occupied Japan following World War II, the author describes the Japanese holiday, 'Taiiku no hi' or 'Sports Day.' On Sports day, Japanese families gather for sports events at schools with the children and parents as contestants. It is what happens on this particular Sports day that is so special. Two American Marines stop to watch the festivities and one ends up taking 1st prize for his skill riding the Principal's bicycle! Allen Say paints a charming protrait of a small event during a difficult time in Japanese history which helps make 'them and us' into 'we.' I wish I could give it more stars.
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