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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-23 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Very moving story about the sad portion of history when Japanese Americans were forcibly moved into internment camps and the librarian who provided books and comfort. " said.

" What a touching true story about a librarian that sent books and other things to those in US internment camps. " said.

" I was expecting more than a very basic recount of events. It was interesting to see excepts from actual letters, but it felt very slight to me. " said.

" This biographical picture book demonstrates that reading is food for the spirit when a brave librarian sends books and care packages to her young patrons, now forced to live internment camps during World War II. " 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.

"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.

"This nonfiction picture book tells the true story of a librarian who stayed in touch with the children she served even after they were moved forcibly away. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were sent to prison camps. As a librarian in San Diego, Clara Breed served many children of Japanese descent. Before the children left, she gave them books and postcards to correspond with her. While they were gone, she continued to send them small things, even visiting once and delivering boxes of books. The children wrote to her during the three years they were gone as she offered them a way to stay connected to the outside world.

This book shows the Japanese internment in a way that children will understand. The letters shared in the book are excerpts from actual children’s letters written to Miss Breed during this time. They reflect the different ages of the children, their focus on everyday moments and their strong connection to books and their librarian. It is a book that shows how importance and life changing kindness is.

The illustrations are done in pencil on paper and have a softness and glow to them. They do not shrink from showing the desolation of the internment camps and the sorrow and fear of those being placed in them.

A very timely nonfiction book that will show young readers a horrific point in American history and how just one person can make a difference. Appropriate for ages 6-9.
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