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For two boys in a Japanese American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make hi For two boys in a Japanese American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make him strong again. This affecting tale of courage and love is an adaptation of the author's true family story, and includes a letter to readers with more information about the historical background and inspiration.


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For two boys in a Japanese American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make hi For two boys in a Japanese American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make him strong again. This affecting tale of courage and love is an adaptation of the author's true family story, and includes a letter to readers with more information about the historical background and inspiration.

30 review for Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    When people of Japanese descent were rounded up and sent to live in internment camps shortly after the United States entered World War II, they found themselves eating a very different diet than the fresh fish, vegetables, and fruit that had been available when they had lived near the Pacific Ocean. Jimmy and his older brother Taro are no exception to enjoying fresh food, after all their parents own a Farmer's Market. But early in December, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, their father is taken When people of Japanese descent were rounded up and sent to live in internment camps shortly after the United States entered World War II, they found themselves eating a very different diet than the fresh fish, vegetables, and fruit that had been available when they had lived near the Pacific Ocean. Jimmy and his older brother Taro are no exception to enjoying fresh food, after all their parents own a Farmer's Market. But early in December, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, their father is taken away by three men in the FBI. The family can no longer live in their home and run their Farmer's Market, and Jimmy, Taro and their mother find themselves "forced to live in tiny barracks surrounded by guards." Confused about what is happening, Jimmy refuses to eat the unfamiliar food he is served. And no matter how much they try to coax him, no one can get Jimmy to eat. Although everyone is worried about him, Jimmy just doesn't understand why his family isn't living in their home near the ocean. Or why they can't eat his mother's good rice and noodles, or the fresh vegetables and fish he loves so much? Soon, Jimmy even stops playing with the other kids. One night, Taro, worried about Jimmy and feeling responsible for taking care of him in their father's absence, makes a big decision. Taking a borrowed pair of garden shears, he quietly leaves the barrack, find a place in the fence where the guards can't see him and clips a hole he can crawl through. Finding a mountain stream, Taro waits until he feels a fish hitting against his leg, then quickly grabs fish after fish, wrapping them in his mother's scarf. And in the morning, there is fish for Jimmy, who finally eats to his mother and Taro's relief. In her end note, author Katie Yamasaki writes that Fish for Jimmy is based on a true story from her family's history. Her great-grandfather was arrested by the FBI just as Taro and Jimmy's father had been, though it was her grandfather's cousin who snuck out of the camp to find fish for his young son. I think that by putting the stories together, Yamasaki is able to highlight the impact that interning innocent people, particularly children, based solely on their ethnicity through Jimmy's depression and his refusal to eat and works to make this a very accessible story for young readers. Sadly, it made me think about all the Jimmys who found themselves in these camps and who were too young to understand what was happening. The illustrations, done with acrylic paint, vividly capture the emotions each person is feeling. The reader sees Jimmy going from a happy little boy to a depressed child and finally as a smiling kid after having a taste of home again. The danger Taro faced sneaking out to catch the fish is aptly shown in a spread with the barbed wire fence in the foreground and guards with big guns in the background, and behind that, readers can see Taro's searching for the right spot in the fence to cut through. It is a wonderful, dynamic, rather sophisticated image, and Yamasaki the muralist painter is really present in it. Fish for Jimmy is an excellent choice for introducing the history of the internment of Japanese Americans to young readers and it will definitely resonate with things happening in today's world for them. This book is recommended for readers age 6+ This book was borrowed from the Bank Street School Library

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzi Ketch

    Picture book about the Japanese internment camp as told through the eyes of a child.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Macias

    “Fish for Jimmy” was written by a Japanese woman whose family endured a Japanese internment camp during World War II. She did not use hyperbole to describe the experience, and her illustrations helped tell the story of what the characters were thinking and feeling. The illustrations and story line are historically accurate, and there is no sign of stereotypical or racist language or symbolism. While reading this story, I was taken back to when I first learned of some of the atrocities of America “Fish for Jimmy” was written by a Japanese woman whose family endured a Japanese internment camp during World War II. She did not use hyperbole to describe the experience, and her illustrations helped tell the story of what the characters were thinking and feeling. The illustrations and story line are historically accurate, and there is no sign of stereotypical or racist language or symbolism. While reading this story, I was taken back to when I first learned of some of the atrocities of America. I never knew we had sent citizens to camps out of fear. While the Jews suffered in horrid conditions and fear in Europe, Japanese suffered a lot of the same segregation, racism, and fear in the United States. It also reminded me of my history lesson of the Native people in the U.S. I only learned about the education of the Native children while attending the university. The horrid treatment of all tribes, the Trail of Tears, and so many other injustices are what prevented America from being as great as people thought it was. Discussion Questions: 1. When was Taro’s family sent to live in a camp? 2. How would you interpret Jimmy’s behaviors? 3. What would result if Taro were caught sneaking out of camp? 4. Why do you think Americans were so scared of Japanese families that they sent them to live in a heavily guarded camp? 5. Do you agree with the actions of Taro sneaking out of camp? Justify your response. 6. How would you design a camp for the Japanese to live in if you were forced to make one? Draw your plan.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gonzalez

    I'm using this book as part of my historical Fiction unit. Katie Yamasaki takes readers into the historical time period when racial prejudice and fear against Japanese Americans allowed the creation of Japanese internment camps along the West coast of the United States- something I never learned about when I was in school! Right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and sent to live in the internment camps for fear I'm using this book as part of my historical Fiction unit. Katie Yamasaki takes readers into the historical time period when racial prejudice and fear against Japanese Americans allowed the creation of Japanese internment camps along the West coast of the United States- something I never learned about when I was in school! Right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and sent to live in the internment camps for fear that they were working with Japan. Yamasaki’s family stayed at the Granada Relocation Center in Amache, Colorado. In her book, Fish For Jimmy, Yamasaki retells a family story about how freedom can come to you when you’re concern for others becomes greater than your concern for yourself. I think Yamasaki's illustrations are also fantastic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Jimmy and his older brohter Taro enjoy their life by the Pacific Ocean and their family vegetable market, but when WWII and war with Japan prompts the U. S. government to arrest their father and send the family to an internment camp, Jimmy becomes depressed and refuses to eat. Desperate to save his brother, Taro slips out of the camp and manages to catch fish in a mountain stream so his brother will be reminded of home. The book contains an author's note explaining the family story behind this p Jimmy and his older brohter Taro enjoy their life by the Pacific Ocean and their family vegetable market, but when WWII and war with Japan prompts the U. S. government to arrest their father and send the family to an internment camp, Jimmy becomes depressed and refuses to eat. Desperate to save his brother, Taro slips out of the camp and manages to catch fish in a mountain stream so his brother will be reminded of home. The book contains an author's note explaining the family story behind this picture book. Pair this one with Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss of So Far from the Sea by Even Bunting as an introduction to the Japanese internment camps.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Initially I didn't warm to the surrealist illustrations but by the end of the book they felt integral and appropriate to the story and I loved the streams of fishes that swim through the pages. I haven't read many picture books on the horrid history of the internment camps and this one is done in such a child-centered way. Some of the illustrations of the camp itself are especially affecting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A touching, beautifully illustrated story based upon the author's own family history.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I read this book while I was reading "Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II," by Martin W. Sandler. "Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp," by Katie Yamasaki tells about this experience from a child's perspective. Yamasaki based this on a true story of her own grandfather's experience. In the story Jimmy's family comes to American in search of a better life. They become successful and open a vegetable stand. Then, I read this book while I was reading "Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II," by Martin W. Sandler. "Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp," by Katie Yamasaki tells about this experience from a child's perspective. Yamasaki based this on a true story of her own grandfather's experience. In the story Jimmy's family comes to American in search of a better life. They become successful and open a vegetable stand. Then, one night they hear the devastating news of Japan bombing Pearl Harbor. Shortly after the FBI comes to their home and takes Jimmy's father. Jimmy and the rest of his family are sent to an internment camp. Jimmy looses his appetite, and begins to miss the food he was used to his mother cooking at home. His brother sneaks out of the camp to go fishing. He brings seven fish back for his mother to cook. Finally, Jimmy eats and they see their mother smile for the first time since arriving in the camp. A short time later the war is over, and they are reunited with their father. This story gave me more insight as to what it was actually like for a family being sent to the internment camps, especially from a child's perspective. I would recommend reading this book to students first as an introduction to a history lesson on Japanese American Internment camps to help them get a better understanding and see it from a point of view they can relate to.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Hale

    Original Summary: Taro and Jimmy are living a wonderful life with their parents in California until one day when the FBI comes to their door after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Their father is taken to prison, and Taro, Jimmy, and their mother are taken to Japanese American internment camps. Jimmy refuses to eat because it doesn't taste like the food they ate at home. Taro sneaks out of the internment camp, finds some fish in the river and brings them back to the camp to cook for Jimmy. Original R Original Summary: Taro and Jimmy are living a wonderful life with their parents in California until one day when the FBI comes to their door after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Their father is taken to prison, and Taro, Jimmy, and their mother are taken to Japanese American internment camps. Jimmy refuses to eat because it doesn't taste like the food they ate at home. Taro sneaks out of the internment camp, finds some fish in the river and brings them back to the camp to cook for Jimmy. Original Review: This book is a great way to introduce and discuss the hard challenges that Japanese Americans faced during World War 2. This is a great way to get students talking about the injustices that Japanese Americans faced during the war just because of their race. Other books to pair with/connect to: The Harmonica by Tony Johnston is a great book to pair this with because it also discusses the hardships of World War 2 from a young Jewish boy's perspective. These two books can be compared and contrasted with students and be a conversation starter for them as well. Quote: "In the morning there was fish for Jimmy. As Mother cooked the fish in their barrack, Taro's belly rumbled. He realized how much he too had missed the fresh food of home." Students can look at this social justice issue and brainstorm in a small group the ways in which Japanese Americans were treated unfairly, especially since they were already living in America.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    After receiving two copies of this book from Holiday House, I must say it has really grown on me. I might just want an ornament with Jimmy riding on a fish because it's eccentric enough. I was mesmerized for pages. Based on the true story of Yamasaki's grandfather's cousin, she tells the story of Taro and his family, who were hauled off to a concentration camp in Amache, Colorado. Conditions were so dismal, Taro's brother, Jimmy, becomes non responsive and stops eating all together. All seems ho After receiving two copies of this book from Holiday House, I must say it has really grown on me. I might just want an ornament with Jimmy riding on a fish because it's eccentric enough. I was mesmerized for pages. Based on the true story of Yamasaki's grandfather's cousin, she tells the story of Taro and his family, who were hauled off to a concentration camp in Amache, Colorado. Conditions were so dismal, Taro's brother, Jimmy, becomes non responsive and stops eating all together. All seems hopeless until Taro discovers there is a river right outside the fence teeming with fish. He decides to risk getting caught for the sake of reviving his brother by bringing back the Pacific fish to remind him of their home in California. Figures are depicted with thick acrylic paint. The story is told with Hiroshige text and conveys the severity of the time period. FBI agents are faceless in gray trench coats. Scale is used to show subconscious and conscious imaginings of the main characters. Another individual's fascinating family history of surviving the Japanese internment camps. http://www.katieyamasaki.com

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fatima Ashraf

    Fish for Jimmy is exemplary of what we need on children's book shelves across the country. A story filled with history, life lessons, and incredibly beautiful illustrations, this is the best kid's book that I've ever owned. Furthermore, I researched author Katie Yamasaki and learned that she's an activist, muralist, and community organizer. Her website shares info about her amazing projects that empower young people and families with extenuating life circumstances. Knowing that Fish for Jimmy wa Fish for Jimmy is exemplary of what we need on children's book shelves across the country. A story filled with history, life lessons, and incredibly beautiful illustrations, this is the best kid's book that I've ever owned. Furthermore, I researched author Katie Yamasaki and learned that she's an activist, muralist, and community organizer. Her website shares info about her amazing projects that empower young people and families with extenuating life circumstances. Knowing that Fish for Jimmy was written by someone whose life was directly impacted by internment and who is someone that seeks to make the world a better place both through books and actions, makes this book all the more important to have in your home.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lili

    Fish for Jimmy is a heartwarming look into a dark time in our nation's history of which few children are aware. This powerful story is touching and beautifully illustrated, and introduces its small readers to how governmental policy can create and perpetuate inhumane treatment of children and their families. While Japanese internment was "legal" being initiated by a presidential Executive Order (9066), it certainly was instilled with injustice and inhumanity. With the simple story of Jimmy's fam Fish for Jimmy is a heartwarming look into a dark time in our nation's history of which few children are aware. This powerful story is touching and beautifully illustrated, and introduces its small readers to how governmental policy can create and perpetuate inhumane treatment of children and their families. While Japanese internment was "legal" being initiated by a presidential Executive Order (9066), it certainly was instilled with injustice and inhumanity. With the simple story of Jimmy's family in the internment camp, this becomes increasingly clear to the reader, a critical accomplishment given the disturbing stance that the current president has taken on family separation of immigrants and their children.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I re-read "Fish for Jimmy" right after reading an article in The Nation about America's internment of immigrant and refugee children at our southern border. Katie Yamasaki's book shows us that family stories are indeed timeless, that children suffer when our policies are based on fear rather than compassion. The illustrations are beautiful, a wonderful blend of the detailed and the impressionistic, the dreamlike with grounded realism. A marvelous book for encouraging caring and historical curios I re-read "Fish for Jimmy" right after reading an article in The Nation about America's internment of immigrant and refugee children at our southern border. Katie Yamasaki's book shows us that family stories are indeed timeless, that children suffer when our policies are based on fear rather than compassion. The illustrations are beautiful, a wonderful blend of the detailed and the impressionistic, the dreamlike with grounded realism. A marvelous book for encouraging caring and historical curiosity in children.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Langlois

    Fish for Jimmy, Katie Yamaski's picture book for children, is a gentle, beautifully illustrated introduction to a shameful chapter in America's relationship to our immigrant population. She tells the story of her Japanese family wrenched from their California home and sent to an internment camp during WWII. The story centers on two young brothers, Taro and Jimmy. Jimmy is not thriving on camp food but his brother finds a unique solution, involving great risk. Love is the key. A wonderful gift fo Fish for Jimmy, Katie Yamaski's picture book for children, is a gentle, beautifully illustrated introduction to a shameful chapter in America's relationship to our immigrant population. She tells the story of her Japanese family wrenched from their California home and sent to an internment camp during WWII. The story centers on two young brothers, Taro and Jimmy. Jimmy is not thriving on camp food but his brother finds a unique solution, involving great risk. Love is the key. A wonderful gift for any young person.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee Anderson

    Katie Yamasaki is a brilliant author and illustrator and Fish for Jimmy is one of the best kids books I've ever purchased. A heart wrenching and inspiring tale of one of America's darkest moments, Fish for Jimmy is a must-read for all families. This is the type of book that provides our kids with vital historical information and with motivation to do better and not allow history to repeat itself.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mark Himmelsbach

    My three-year-old daughter loves this look for its amazing artwork and visuals. We love this book because it's an incredible message for kids and adults. It's sparked some terrific conversations but ones that are told through a beautiful story. Would recommend for the art and for the copy!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    A book about how difficult some children found it to be in the internment camps and what their families did to help. In this case, Jimmy missed the ocean and eating fresh fish. His brother snuck out of camp every week to go fishing in the river so Jimmy could have fish.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    This is the story of a family in a Japanese American internment camp and how they took care of each other. The acrylic paintings effectively illustrate the story, especially the market scene and the pages for Taro sneaking out of the camp.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Salihmatin

    An incredible read! As a dad of 3 boys I found this tale of brotherly love absolutely wonderful. Coupled with gorgeous art, author Katie Yamasaki shares an important part of her family's history with every family who opens this book's beautiful pages.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Malia

    I really enjoyed the slightly surreal art in this book, and the story is beautiful and courageous.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jesus downing

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's okay😐😐😐

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    A touching tale of one family's experience in an Japanese internment camp.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan Cureton

    Fish for Jimmy is a book based on the true story from the author's family history in the Japanese internment camp. This book is set in 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii. In the book, Taro, and his brother and parents lived in California near the Pacific Ocean. When Japan bombed Hawaii, FBI men came and took Taro and Jimmy's father away to prison and the rest of them were sent off to an internment camp. Taro's brother, Jimmy, wouldn't eat anything, so Taro decided to sneak aw Fish for Jimmy is a book based on the true story from the author's family history in the Japanese internment camp. This book is set in 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii. In the book, Taro, and his brother and parents lived in California near the Pacific Ocean. When Japan bombed Hawaii, FBI men came and took Taro and Jimmy's father away to prison and the rest of them were sent off to an internment camp. Taro's brother, Jimmy, wouldn't eat anything, so Taro decided to sneak away from camp and find his brother some fish. Taro snuck back to camp and his mother fried the fish up and Jimmy finally ate. Taro and Jimmy's father finally returned to the camp with the rest of the family and Taro showed him each week where he would sneak and find Jimmy some fish. I really enjoyed this book. I think that this book would be a great read aloud for third through fifth graders. I think when you are discussing Pearl Harbor with the students would be a perfect time to introduce this book to the students. I think that this book shows the other side of the Pearl Harbor and how it affected the lives of people that weren't even involved with the bombing, but were punished because of the race. This shows students that just because someone is a certain race or from a certain decent, it doesn't mean that they are bad people, or involved with the things that are going on, like the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is not fair that this family got punished just because they were Japanese. They didn't know about the bombing and didn't have anything to do with the war, but because they were Japanese, they got punished. I also like that this is based on a true story, the one of the author's, so I bet there were a lot of emotions when this book was getting made. I think the students can connect to this more if you tell them that this story is based on a real story. I also enjoyed the illustrations and how the illustrator showed emotion through the characters on the pages.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    3.5 stars. Fish for Jimmy was a great book for educating my niece and nephew about the existence of the Japanese internment camps during World War II. The story also explained the events that lead to the (flawed) logic behind the establishment of these camps. Now, my niece and nephew had not been aware of this little slice of history, and they both came away from the book appropriately horrified that the U.S. did this to its own citizens. This lead to a discussion about how just because America i 3.5 stars. Fish for Jimmy was a great book for educating my niece and nephew about the existence of the Japanese internment camps during World War II. The story also explained the events that lead to the (flawed) logic behind the establishment of these camps. Now, my niece and nephew had not been aware of this little slice of history, and they both came away from the book appropriately horrified that the U.S. did this to its own citizens. This lead to a discussion about how just because America is America that doesn't mean that we haven't done some bad things to people. We also discussed how the relatives of one of our family friends were sent to these camps, and we talked about how at work I ran across the broadsides telling Japanese-American where to report for internment. So the kids, my niece in particular got a lot out of this story--four stars for that. Unfortunately, the story itself was a little rough in spots. This was a book that I had to assemble myself, and there were little odd gaps in the story that made me think that I had put pages in the wrong order (I hadn't). The kids and I were confused about why the father was separated from his wife and kids, and it wasn't until later in the book that we got that answer. So there was a little awkwardness, which made me feel three star-ish about Fish for Jimmy. Still, a good book for introducing kids to to this chapter in American history. Oh, and the illustrations were quite well done, too!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kirstin Baker

    1. Text-to-text connection: We, as Americans, put people in internment camps because we were afraid they were a treat. In B-3087, a Jewish boy and his family we're put in internment camps as well. People were pulled from their families, put together in a secluded place, and forced to work. This should never have happened once, let alone multiple times. There is never a reason to seclude a group of people. We need to learn from our history so that we don't continue to make these mistakes. 2. Bloo 1. Text-to-text connection: We, as Americans, put people in internment camps because we were afraid they were a treat. In B-3087, a Jewish boy and his family we're put in internment camps as well. People were pulled from their families, put together in a secluded place, and forced to work. This should never have happened once, let alone multiple times. There is never a reason to seclude a group of people. We need to learn from our history so that we don't continue to make these mistakes. 2. Blooms Questions: 1. Who is Jimmy? 2. Why did Taro leave the camp? 3. How is this similar to what happened to the Jewish people in World War II? 4. What ideas justify what the Americans did. 5. What choice would you have. Are if you were an American soldier? 6. Write a letter to Katie Yamasaki. 3. (01/01/2013). Holiday House, Incorporated. http://www.booksinprint.com.leo.lib.u...#.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    After the bombing on Pearl Harbor, Japanese families living in he United States were forced to live in internment camps, as hostilities towards Japan arose and the government feared that people of Japanese descent were spies. Taro, his mother and his younger brother Jimmy are sent to an internment camp, where Jimmy refuses to eat the strange food offered to the families and becomes withdrawn. Having promised his father that he would look after his brother, Taro escapes out of the camp and catche After the bombing on Pearl Harbor, Japanese families living in he United States were forced to live in internment camps, as hostilities towards Japan arose and the government feared that people of Japanese descent were spies. Taro, his mother and his younger brother Jimmy are sent to an internment camp, where Jimmy refuses to eat the strange food offered to the families and becomes withdrawn. Having promised his father that he would look after his brother, Taro escapes out of the camp and catches fish for his little brother. Grateful for the familiar food, Jimmy eats and begins to look healthier as he begins to run around and play with the rest of the children. Taro continues to escape in order to bring his brother fish. This picturebook has beautiful illustrations to tell a story about another side of World War II, important for our students to know about.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Based upon one experience of the author's family, this childrens tale shares a bit of what it was like to be a Japanese American, in America, after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Ms. Yamasaki does a beautiful job, in art and writing, telling the story of the japanese internment camps in the United States during WWII. The illustrations will capture young children with their artistry, and the story whether read to children or by them, will help to teach students about an important and depressing Based upon one experience of the author's family, this childrens tale shares a bit of what it was like to be a Japanese American, in America, after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Ms. Yamasaki does a beautiful job, in art and writing, telling the story of the japanese internment camps in the United States during WWII. The illustrations will capture young children with their artistry, and the story whether read to children or by them, will help to teach students about an important and depressing time in American history.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    One families life is forever changed when they are forced to live in a Japanese American internment camp during WWII. Young Jimmy refuses to eat the unfamiliar food that they are presented with in the camp. His brother Taro can't stand to see him suffer and grow sick s he takes matters into his own hands and runs off from the camp to find his brother fresh fish to eat. A fascinating story that is based on a true story that happened to the Hirashiki family. Take time to read through the historica One families life is forever changed when they are forced to live in a Japanese American internment camp during WWII. Young Jimmy refuses to eat the unfamiliar food that they are presented with in the camp. His brother Taro can't stand to see him suffer and grow sick s he takes matters into his own hands and runs off from the camp to find his brother fresh fish to eat. A fascinating story that is based on a true story that happened to the Hirashiki family. Take time to read through the historical material and family photographs that accompany the text at the end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zendora

    I always want to really like a book. This one I had to force myself to finish. I find the topic of the Japanese internment camps during WWII an interesting part of American history, however this book was a bit dry. And the ending was sudden and blunt. Family sent to camp, youngest won't eat, brother escape to get fish for brother, family happy, the end. I would use this book if I was discussing the WWII time period, but as a simple book to read, probably not.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Cole

    I thought this book did a great job of introducing the history of Japanese-American internment camps to younger children. The topic is a bit heavy and hard for young children to understand, but for children whose families were affect by this could probably relate well. The illustrations themselves are worth 5 stars. I loved the beautiful brush strokes and how the author/illustrator incorporates other parts of the story onto each page. Very well done!

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