Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Young Shi Nomura was among the 120,000 American citizens who lost everything when he was sent by the U.S. government to Manzanar, an interment camp in the California desert, simply because he was of Japanese ancestry. "In clear and fascinating prose, Stanley has set forth the compelling story of one of America's darkest timesthe internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. His meticulously researched volume is accompanied by numerous, fine period black-and-white photographs...This eloquent account of the disastrous results of racial prejudice stands as a reminder to us in today's pluralistic society." School Library Journal (starred)
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Edition description:||1st ed|
|Product dimensions:||8.41(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.53(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am an American is a true account because it shows real people with real problems. This book falls under history because it talks about the Holocaust and the Japanese Internment. I am an American is about the Japanese and the way they were treated in the 1920¿s and 1930¿s. The book strengths are the way it draws you a picture so it¿s easier to understand. Another strength in I am an American is the way it tells you almost everything that the Japanese had to go through to survive during this time. To be honest I really did not find any weaknesses in I am an American. I would recommend I am an American to people who think there life is hard and terrible. My book shows what the Japanese went through. They were forced to move from place to place. Some were forced to live in the ghetto which was a neighborhood surrounded by barb wire. There were also some that were forced to go to a concentration camp, an often deadly camp. The main characters in I am an American are Shi and his family. He is also the narrator therefore the book is coming from his point of view. He went through some hard and stressful times but he overcame those things. I am an American will give you a good social studies lesson. When you go to learn about the Japanese and the Holocaust and you have already read this book, your teacher will be very proud that she will be like my social studies teacher and say, ¿your giving me goose bumps!¿ To be honest you even get them yourself. Check out this book to find out even more about Shi and his family during this hard time. Remember, I am an American is a great history lesson and fun true story.