Heroes

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From the author of Baseball Saved Us comes an intergenerational story that describes how a Japanese-American family deals with the painful legacy of war. Set against the backdrop of the 1960s and talk of Vietnam, it offers a universal message of dignity and courage to anyone who feels they are different. Full-color illustrations.

Japanese American Donnie, whose playmates insist he be the "bad guy" in their war games, calls on his reluctant father and uncle to help ...

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Overview

From the author of Baseball Saved Us comes an intergenerational story that describes how a Japanese-American family deals with the painful legacy of war. Set against the backdrop of the 1960s and talk of Vietnam, it offers a universal message of dignity and courage to anyone who feels they are different. Full-color illustrations.

Japanese American Donnie, whose playmates insist he be the "bad guy" in their war games, calls on his reluctant father and uncle to help him get away from that role.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creators of the estimable Baseball Saved Us move from a WWII setting to the Vietnam-era '60s with this affecting tale of a Japanese American boy. When Donnie plays war with his friends, he must represent the enemy-``because I looked like them.'' He hates always being the bad guy and wishes he could prove that his father and uncle both fought bravely in the U.S. army. They, however, are reluctant to come to his aid: ``You kids should be playing something else besides war,'' says his dad. Once again Mochizuki and Lee adroitly focus kids' attention on a pervasive social problem by giving it an individual face; they make their points in an age-appropriate fashion, neither trivializing the issues nor condescending to their audience. Mochizuki captures his protagonist's hurt, confusion and pride-emotions capably matched by Lee's atmospheric artwork. Produced with the same technique here as in the earlier book-images scratched out of beeswax on paper-his burnished paintings exude the patina of age and the glint of hard-won experience. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The pair who so eloquently introduced children to the Japanese-American interment camps in Baseball Saved Us, tell another tale of prejudice in this book. Donnie's friends insist on playing war and he must always be the enemy because he looks like "them." Donnie knows his uncle and father are not enemies, but are heroes of the Korean War. Unlike other adults, they will not talk about the war and insist that real heroes "just do what they are supposed to do." Donnie's distress provokes a response that shows their wisdom, caring, and commitment to peaceful resolutions. The book has value beyond revealing history and allows children to question what heroism really means.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880000502
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 402,463
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.02 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2001

    Great book for today's multicultural kid

    This book was both touching and an excellent educational experience. Mochizuki writes a story drawing on a difficult part of history for Japanese Americans, yet makes it easy for elementary-school aged children to understand. I highly recommend this book for parents and educators.

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