Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-29 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" A different look at the US government internment of Japanese Americans just during WWII. A local librarian sends her young patrons off with books and postcards and what she gets back is amazing accounts of true life experiences. A bit of history told so K-5 could understand. " said.

" I hadn't heard of Clara Breed before, so this was a welcome introduction to this amazing librarian. Nice illustrations; an accessible story about an awful time in history. That said, the ending was abrupt and I really would've liked to see photos of the actual postcards. " said.

" An absolutely beautiful true story of an embarrassing time in US history. The illustrations have depth and I loved the story of a librarian who kept in touch with many Japanese children who were relocated during World War II. A timeline of this librarian’s life, as well as a brief timeline of Japanese American history, are included in the back of the book. Highly recommended! " said.

"The internment of Japanese Americans living in the United States after Pearl Harbor not something universally known--but it did happen. This story is just the sliver of kindness that was shown by Clara Breed, librarian in San Diego county who, upon learning that her Japanese patrons are being sent to internment camps, gives out penny postcards and asked them to write her. Through the course of the war years, Miss Breed corresponds with hundreds of her kids and spends her time sending boxes of books to their camps while campaigning for their rights as American citizens. " said.

"Write to Me serves as a reminder that kindness goes a long way to changing the world we live in. A compassionate librarian keeps life positive and hopeful for children and families wrongfully treated during a devastating war. Though this is about WWII, the message of kindness to others rings true still today. A female hero and role-model story showing one person can make a tremendous difference in the lives of others...inspirational!

Well researched! Further reading sources are suggested at end of book for those interested in knowing more of the story.
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"A well crafted picture book which briefly tells about a slice of life for the Japanese children who had to leave their homes to report to internment camps during World War II. The story centers around a librarian from San Diego, Miss Breed, who receives post cards from many of the children who went to the camps, and she in turn provides books for the children who are in one of these camps.

An author's, note, notable dates in Miss Breed's life, and notes of selected dates in Japanese American's history are found in the back of the book. They serve as excellent resources for children who would be looking for more information about this topic.
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"Librarians are important. Librarians make an impact. Librarians are necessary.

This non fiction book tells the poignant story about librarian, Clara Breed, and her actions to support her Japanese patrons as they were whisked away to internment camps during WWII. The text is pure and simple and the illustrations are colorful, yet subdued. Most pages contain excerpts from postcards Breed's patrons sent to her while they were held in camps.

If you are looking for a gentle introduction into the imprisonment of Japanese Americans, this book is for you. It will begin the process of discourse about a very difficult part of American history and sheds light on just how vital the role of a librarian is in the lives of so many people.
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"A poignant nonfiction book for young readers about my librarian hero, Clara Breed. A San Diego children's librarian during WWII, Breed kept in touch with her young Japanese-American patrons who were taken away to incarceration camps, and their letters to her serve as a vivid record of life in the camps. This book includes excerpts from the children's letters interspersed with information about how Breed kept in touch with them, and her work in raising awareness of the injustice of the incarceration. The muted illustrations resemble Japanese prints- a perfect fit for the subject matter. The writing in this picture book is simple and straightforward, ideal for grades 1-3. Older readers interested in this topic will love "Dear Miss Breed."" said.

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