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2013 Award
Fish for Jimmy
( by Katie Yamasaki, Holiday House $16.95 Score: )

The story of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is rarely told in picture book format. This moving tale of a boy who misses his father, his home and the foods his mother used to cook, not only captures the history of the time, it fits the age group it is meant to reach. In truth, fishing was a popular pastime in most of the camps, without the need to cut the fence. Indeed, Taro's doing that might have cost him his life. But it provides the drama needed for storytelling, so we will let it pass. The illustrations have a folk art primitive look and the book tells the tale that needs to be shared, so that it never happens again.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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