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Have you heard the stories of December 7, 1941? Do you know where your grandparents were, where your great-grandparents were? On that day, Japan's surprise attack devastated the American Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and forced the Americans into World War II. These moving accounts of the lives ...
Have you heard the stories of December 7, 1941? Do you know where your grandparents were, where your great-grandparents were? On that day, Japan's surprise attack devastated the American Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and forced the Americans into World War II. These moving accounts of the lives affected by the assault capture the scope of the day's emotions and its influence on generations.
Author Sherry Garland's thorough research provides a background to sixteen historical and representational characters that come alive on the pages of this book. Beginning with a native islander in 1940, voices set the scene on the island of Oahu and continue with a pilot's mother in the nation of Nippon. Through compelling narratives and haunting imagery, readers follow along on that fateful day as a Japanese aviator wears the belt his mother stitched for luck, an American soldier tries to arm himself during the attack, a ship's cook takes charge of a powerful gun to defend his country, a small boy watches the USS Arizona go down in flames, and, years later, as a young girl and her grandfather seek healing at the USS Arizona Memorial. The heart-wrenching events play out against powerful illustrations that bring the people-and the story-to life.
Sherry Garland has written thirty books and won more than forty awards, including an ALA Notable and a Reading Rainbow book selection. She enjoys writing about history and created her Voices Series to bring a personal note to pivotal moments in America's past. The series includes Voices of the Dust Bowl, Voices of Gettysburg, and Voices of the Alamo. Her other titles include Best Horse on the Force, The Buffalo Soldier, and Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam, available from Pelican. Garland is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in central Texas.
Layne Johnson considers illustrating children's books an adventure and has completed more than twenty titles including Pelican's The Declaration of Independence from A to Z. Johnson visited many of the sites in Oahu to make this story come to life. His vibrant paintings give depth to the story and invite the reader to enter into the writer's world. Johnson has earned several honors, including the Western Heritage Award, and is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. A native Texan, Johnson makes his home in Houston.