Pearl Harbor Is Burning!: A Story of World War II

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Frank thought that he'd found a new friend—but he never expected a war to come between them.

It's 1941 , and Frank is miserable. If only his family had never moved to Hawaii. Everyone and everything on the island looks and sounds strange to him. Then Frank meets Kenji, a Japanese-American boy who just might become a friend. But the unthinkable happens—Pearl Harbor is bombed , and by the Japanese! Can Frank and Kenji even be friends?

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Overview

Frank thought that he'd found a new friend—but he never expected a war to come between them.

It's 1941 , and Frank is miserable. If only his family had never moved to Hawaii. Everyone and everything on the island looks and sounds strange to him. Then Frank meets Kenji, a Japanese-American boy who just might become a friend. But the unthinkable happens—Pearl Harbor is bombed , and by the Japanese! Can Frank and Kenji even be friends?

When his family moves to Hawaii in 1941, Frank feels out of place until he makes friends with a Japanese American boy--the day before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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Gr 3-5-- Frank wishes his family had never moved to Hawaii. He has no friends and the local boys taunt him as a haoli , an outsider. When Kenji, a Japanese-American boy, offers friendship, they discover a lot in common, especially a love of baseball. The two boys are in Frank's tree house overlooking Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, where they watch with fascination and horror as ship after ship is blown up in the water. Conflicting messages and rumors being broadcast over the radio serve as a background for confusion as people react to the emergency. An effective snapshot of the past, this book presents a realistic picture of what residents of Honolulu experienced on that fateful day. --Phyllis K. Kennemer, Jefferson County School District, Lakewood, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140345094
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Series: Once Upon America Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 600,636
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen V. Kudlinski is the author of many fiction and nonfiction books for children including, My Lady Pocahontas, Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs, contributions to the Women of Our Time biography series, and the Once Upon America historical fiction series. You can visit her online at www.kathleenkudlinski.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2002

    Great book for grades 4-6

    Young children need to know and understand what had happened in this period of history. They also could relate to the child like story line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Very dry, I was bored reading this book

    I read this book for a thematic project on World War II that I did for a Children's literature class. I was very disappointed with this book, because it lacked character development and cohesiveness of events. I felt like a few events that happened were gathered and a story was quickly written with little thought to the enjoyment of the reader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    Good, Hence Title Wrong.

    This book clearly shows what Americans thought in the years of WW2. However the title not show what happened. It never burned. You can not burn a harbor!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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