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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-04 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:158089688X
LANGUAGE:English

"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.

"Cynthia Grady's non-fiction picture book "Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind," is the result of two important narratives woven together. One narrative that we know well, of the Japanese internment camps during WWII; and the other, a lesser known story of Clara Breed, a children's librarian in San Diego who kept in touch with 30 Japanese-American children during this trying time. I love learning about "everyday" heroes such as Breed, and I was so drawn to her kindness and the hope she gave to children who were living in horror. The book is accessible for the younger elementary set, and I liked the back matter, I just wish the story had delved a little deeper." said.

"The internment of Japanese-Americans (including many children) during WWII is a shameful and lesser-known chapter in U.S. history. Clara Breed, a children's librarian in San Diego, wrote to the interned children who used to frequent her library, sent them books and wrote articles raising about awareness about their imprisonment. Telling her story offers a timely and kid-friendly take on a dark subject and Amiko Hirao's moody illustrations complement Cynthia Grady's text without the perkiness of many picture books. My favorite part was the postcards and letters Breed's library patrons sent her from the camps, all of which are reproduced exactly as written by the children. You can see how each child's vocabulary and writing skills progressed over time and reading their actual words is powerful. " said.

" Fantastic book to introduce children to the Japanese internment in America. Beautiful illustrations as well. This made me proud to be a librarian and proud of this sweet lady's heart. *I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss. " said.

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