Sixty years after thousands of Japanese Americans were unjustly imprisoned, the cogent prose and haunting paintings of renowned author and illustrator Allen Say remind readers of a dark chapter in America's history.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Sold by:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|File size:||6 MB|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's bookpublished in 1972in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is about Japanese children in a camp in Calofornia during the World War. It is easier to understand because the author does his own illustrations. Which gives you a better understand as to what the author is trying to picture and view. This book is about a man who get in a kayaking accident infront of a Indian reservation. The story goes into detail about him experencing with the Japanese Americans through the World war. Having to sleep in camps and forced to be prisoners. It is very sad, but eye opening to the situation.
This book is postmodern in the fact that it is not straight forward but asks the reader to use the symbolism to construct the true meaning of the book. It provides a sense of how one of the Japanese Americans or Native Americans felt when being forced to leave their homes and the hope for the future when people can live without prejudice.This book would be good to read with middle school students to then discuss what the story means and allow the students to bring their personal experiences to the understanding of the book.
In the beginning of the story a man goes on a kayaking trip, on the trip he goes down a waterfall and loses his kayak, helmet and life vest. The man swims and as he swims he sees a light, there is a ladder that leads up to the light. When he climbs up he sees children that are stuck in a camp. Eventually he wakes up and realizes he was just dreaming about World War II. Great book to read if learning about the war,