Baseball Saved Us

Baseball Saved Us

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by Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee
     
 

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This classic, award-winning picture book tells the story of Shorty and his family, placed in an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor along with thousands of Japanese Americans.See more details below

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This classic, award-winning picture book tells the story of Shorty and his family, placed in an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor along with thousands of Japanese Americans.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW praised the ``stylish prose'' and ``stirring illustrations'' in this tale of a Japanese American boy's confinement in a WWII internment camp. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- After briefly describing the way his family was removed from their home and sent to an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, the narrator, ``Shorty,'' tells how baseball was used as a diversion from the dire situation in which the camp's inhabitants found themselves. After improvising a baseball diamond, uniforms, and equipment, they played games. In one of these contests, the usually weak-hitting Shorty catches a glimpse of one of the ever-present guards and channels his anger toward the man into his swing, resulting in a winning home run. After the war and his return home, he continues to play ball while at the same time being subjected to racial taunts, again refocusing his anger to produce positive results on the diamond. The sport plays a secondary role to the blatant racism depicted in this somber book. The paintings, scratchboard overlaid with oils, effectively reflect the tone of the story. Pair this powerful title with Hamanaka's The Journey (Orchard, 1990). --Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880000199
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
83,451
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 Years

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