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With compelling photographs and memorabilia, and a gripping text that draws on the recollections of American and Japanese civilians, sailors, and airmen, Attack on Pearl Harbor evocatively recreates this tragic day.

Author Biography: Shelley Tanaka's own Japanese-American relatives were sent to internment camps during World War II. She is the author of several books in the I Was There series, and lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Overview

With compelling photographs and memorabilia, and a gripping text that draws on the recollections of American and Japanese civilians, sailors, and airmen, Attack on Pearl Harbor evocatively recreates this tragic day.

Author Biography: Shelley Tanaka's own Japanese-American relatives were sent to internment camps during World War II. She is the author of several books in the I Was There series, and lives in Toronto, Canada.

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The attack on Pearl Harbor is recounted through the dramatic stories of four people: two American and two Japanese. Peter Nottage, a young boy living in Honolulu, George DeLong; a nineteen-year-old seaman aboard the Oklahoma; Kazuo Sakamaki, a Japanese submarine crewman; and Mitsuo Fuchida, a Japanese Commander each experienced the attack on Pearl Harbor. Their stories are alternated to keep the level of suspense high, while an epilogue that brings readers up-to-date more than half-a-century later provides closure. The layout is engaging, with airplane silhouettes separating sections of the stories. There is ample white space and a nice use of sidebars and insets of historical photographs and documents. David Craig's colorful paintings enliven the book and depict events that are described, but that were not photographed. According to the author's note "the text, including any dialogue," is based on first-person written accounts and on interviews. Although there is almost certainly some imaginative recreation here, the stories vividly convey a sense of what Pearl Harbor was like for these survivors. The book invites readers to pick it up, and once drawn into any one of the stories, they will find it difficult to stop reading. 2001, Hyperion,
— Linnea Hendrickson
VOYA
With the recent release of the action movie about and the fiftieth anniversary of a pivotal event in American history, there is a whole new generation of young readers who might want to know exactly what happened on December 7, 1941, particularly in light of comparisons to the recent attack upon the nation. Two new books by Shelley Tanaka and Tim McNeese attempt to answer their questions in very different ways. In her book, Tanaka recreates the events of that day through the memories of young people who experienced it firsthand. That fateful day comes alive in the combined stories of Peter Nottage, a seventh-grader in Honolulu;George DeLong, a seaman aboard the USS Oklahoma;Ensign Kazuo Sakamaki, a crewmate on a Japanese submarine;and many others. Rich paintings, period photographs, maps, and other illustrations add to this intense look at the historical attack. An epilogue provides a follow-up on each of the featured persons as well as a description of the memorial efforts in Hawaii. A small glossary, an extensive index, and recommendations for further reading add to Tanaka's resource. McNeese's treatment of this subject is a bit more traditional. Focusing more on the details of the events and taking care to present all sides of the issues, this resource provides a more in-depth look at the events and their players. The narrative attempts to explain the Japanese position and the strategic theory, and offers a detailed account of the actual attack. Black-and-white illustrations and diagrams accompany the text, adding visual interest to information. A helpful time line presented at the end will help young readers keep the events straight. Both books are excellent resources but would servevastly different purposes. Tanaka's book is much more visually appealing with high-interest personal stories, but it lacks much of the detail that is offered in McNeese's treatment. Both would be excellent additions to any collection looking to offer more information to readers hungry for the facts of the events that led to the United States entry into World War II. Glossary. Index. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Further Reading. VOYA CODES:5Q 4P M (Hard to imagine it being any better written;Broad general YA appeal;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2001, Hyperion/Disney, 64p, $19.99. Ages 11 to 14. Reviewer:Heather Hepler—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
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Gr 4-6-Tanaka's brief account of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is not of the quality of some of her previous titles. In three rambling chapters and an epilogue, four people are introduced and followed: Peter Nottage, a Caucasian seventh-grade boy; Mitsuo Fuchida, Commander of the Japanese Fleet; George DeLong, a seaman aboard the USS Oklahoma; and Kazuo Sakamaki, midget submariner, who became the first prisoner of war taken by the U.S. The account of the attack is basically accurate, but gives not a hint of Yamamoto's extensive planning. The text implies that most of the U.S. servicemen stationed in Hawaii were either drunks or ill prepared as soldiers and sailors when, in reality, they were unsuspecting and uninformed. No mention is made of the information that Washington was later found to have withheld from military leaders stationed there. Unfortunately, the attractive cover and illustrations do not salvage the text. Full-page and page-and-a-half paintings are replete with action. Colorful maps and diagrams are thorough and detailed, though the arrangement is sometimes confusing. There is no table of contents, but the chapters are titled. The text concludes with a one-page story of teenager Daniel Inouye helping the Red Cross after the attack. The epilogue leaves many questions about the main characters unanswered. Earle Rice Jr.'s The Bombing of Pearl Harbor (Lucent, 2000) is a much better selection.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786807369
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    A new and different perspective on Pearl harbor

    Most people today remember only the picture of the Arizona on fire and sinking. This book tells several different stories, all relevant. Very entertaining.

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