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A Place Where Sunflowers Grow

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Publisher Comments:

Under the harsh summer sun, Mari's art class has begun. But it's hard to think of anything to draw in a place where nothing beautiful grows — especially a place like Topaz, the internment camp where Mari's family and thousands of other Japanese Americans have been sent to live during World War II. Somehow, glimmers of hope begin to surface — in the eyes of a kindly art teacher, in the tender words of Mari's parents, and in the smile of a new friend. Amy Lee-Tai's sensitive prose and Felicia Hoshino's stunning mixed-media images show that hope can survive even the harshest injustice.

Review:

"Lee-Tai's debut book traces one girl's gradual adaptation to painful circumstances in an internment camp for American citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII. Mari, the young daughter of a pair of artists, has moved (just over a year ago) from her beloved California home to Topaz, a camp in the Utah desert. As the book opens, she and her mother plant sunflower seeds. Her parents sign her up for classes in the art school they've started, but Mari is too depressed to draw. Her parents are unfailingly kind and understanding. 'That happens to me sometimes, too,' her father says when Mari tells him about her artist's block. 'But I don't give up,' he adds. Sure enough, Mari discovers she can keep memory alive by drawing it — and she can grow sunflowers in Utah's sandy soil, too. Hoshino's ink-and-watercolor spreads both provide historical information and convey the story's emotional weight — and do both with grace. In one evocative painting, Mari and her mother wait in line for the latrine while, ahead of them, a pregnant woman puts her hands on her round stomach with a thoughtful expression; 'What is to become of my child?' readers can imagine her thinking. One caveat: the inclusion of a Japanese translation on each page widens the book's audience to include Japanese students of English, but also crowds the pages visually. Readers will enjoy watching Mari grow in strength and confidence. Ages 6-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892392155
Author:
Lee-tai, Amy
Publisher:
Children's Book Press (CA)
Illustrator:
Hoshino, Felicia
Author:
Lee-Tai, Amy
Author:
Lee-Tai, Amy
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Art (painting sculpture artists architecture etc.)
Subject:
Ethnic - Asian American
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Asian American
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans.
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Kindergarten - Up
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.02x10.10x.39 in. 1.09 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
05-UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lee-Tai's debut book traces one girl's gradual adaptation to painful circumstances in an internment camp for American citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII. Mari, the young daughter of a pair of artists, has moved (just over a year ago) from her beloved California home to Topaz, a camp in the Utah desert. As the book opens, she and her mother plant sunflower seeds. Her parents sign her up for classes in the art school they've started, but Mari is too depressed to draw. Her parents are unfailingly kind and understanding. 'That happens to me sometimes, too,' her father says when Mari tells him about her artist's block. 'But I don't give up,' he adds. Sure enough, Mari discovers she can keep memory alive by drawing it — and she can grow sunflowers in Utah's sandy soil, too. Hoshino's ink-and-watercolor spreads both provide historical information and convey the story's emotional weight — and do both with grace. In one evocative painting, Mari and her mother wait in line for the latrine while, ahead of them, a pregnant woman puts her hands on her round stomach with a thoughtful expression; 'What is to become of my child?' readers can imagine her thinking. One caveat: the inclusion of a Japanese translation on each page widens the book's audience to include Japanese students of English, but also crowds the pages visually. Readers will enjoy watching Mari grow in strength and confidence. Ages 6-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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