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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-05 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:158089688X
LANGUAGE:English

" Picture book and to pair with Dear Miss Breed. " said.

"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.

" 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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Hello, friends! Our review today is Write To Me: Letters From Japanese American Children To The Librarian They Left Behind, written by Cynthia Grady and illustrated by Amiko Hirao, a moving true story from one of the darkest moments in American history.

Librarian Clara Breed’s young patrons come to turn in their library cards; she provides them stamped postcards in return. “Write to me,” she says, “and tell me where you are.” It’s WWII, and they are being forced into imprisonment by the US government for being of Japanese descent. Through the letters, Clara learns of the children’s lives: sleeping in deplorable conditions in internment camps, suffering extreme weather and limited food. Clara sends them books, school supplies, and always more postcards. She writes newspaper articles of protest and letters to politicians to demand funding and care for the detainees. After three long years, the children and their families are released, with no homes or businesses to return to. But at least, for Clara Breed’s young patrons, they have a loyal friend to see again.

By the fourth page of this book, I was openly sobbing. The tragic and infuriatingly unjust treatment of the Japanese-American detainees is brought to devastating reality by the excerpts from the actual postcards to Clara Breed. Reading the children’s words as they describe their inhumane conditions is heartbreaking, as is their emphatic thanks for the small kindnesses Clara provided. The art is delicate and soft, yet illustrates the bleak, uncertain lives the children led. The length is fine, though this one is best for slightly older bookworms who can understand the weight of the material. Please, read this book. Read it and discuss it with your children. It celebrates a good person we should know, and remembers a shameful event we should never forget. Baby Bookworm approved.

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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"World War 2 is a popular subject in books, games, and movies. A large proportion of its aspects have been examined and explored - the effects of food, propaganda, weather, weapons, etc have been scrutinised and theorised. Even the exploits and vices of countries involved have been looked at and dissected over and over. However, there still remains few details of that war, especially the consequences, that is not well-known and popular for various reasons.

ABOUT THE BOOK
In any case, Write To Me by Cynthia Grady and Amiko Hirao is a book (albeit for 4 to 8 year olds) that looks at the treatment of Japanese-Americans at the hands of Franklin Roosevelt-led American government during World War 2.

The bombing of Pearl harbour prompted the American government into sending all Japanese-Aameircanfamilies into prison camps for the duration of the war. The rationale was the fear that the Japanese-American communities might have spies reporting to the Japanese government. As a result of this thinking, Japanese-American properties were seized and everyone, including children, where sent to prison camps to live with minimum food and comfort.

Write To Me by Cynthia Grady and Amiko Hirao is a story told from the perspective of children writing to their librarian, telling her of daily inconveniences and thanking her for the books she keeps sending to them.

Write To Me is based on real life and the story of Clara Breed, a librarian in San Diego who advocated for Japanese-American children during the war and kept exchanging visits and letters with them, including sending them books.

CONCLUSION
The book explores the love of reading and the life of the librarian who cared enough to keep looking out for children who shared her love of books and have been unjustly segregated.

Write To Me by Cynthia Grady and Amiko Hirao is an insightful book, exploring a marginalised aspect of history. It is an eye-opener for children and adults and shows how the love of literature transcends races and backgrounds.

Write To Me is published by Charlesbridge Publishing. Many thanks to them for the review copy.
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" Picture book and to pair with Dear Miss Breed. " 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.

"Hello, friends! Our review today is Write To Me: Letters From Japanese American Children To The Librarian They Left Behind, written by Cynthia Grady and illustrated by Amiko Hirao, a moving true story from one of the darkest moments in American history.

Librarian Clara Breed’s young patrons come to turn in their library cards; she provides them stamped postcards in return. “Write to me,” she says, “and tell me where you are.” It’s WWII, and they are being forced into imprisonment by the US government for being of Japanese descent. Through the letters, Clara learns of the children’s lives: sleeping in deplorable conditions in internment camps, suffering extreme weather and limited food. Clara sends them books, school supplies, and always more postcards. She writes newspaper articles of protest and letters to politicians to demand funding and care for the detainees. After three long years, the children and their families are released, with no homes or businesses to return to. But at least, for Clara Breed’s young patrons, they have a loyal friend to see again.

By the fourth page of this book, I was openly sobbing. The tragic and infuriatingly unjust treatment of the Japanese-American detainees is brought to devastating reality by the excerpts from the actual postcards to Clara Breed. Reading the children’s words as they describe their inhumane conditions is heartbreaking, as is their emphatic thanks for the small kindnesses Clara provided. The art is delicate and soft, yet illustrates the bleak, uncertain lives the children led. The length is fine, though this one is best for slightly older bookworms who can understand the weight of the material. Please, read this book. Read it and discuss it with your children. It celebrates a good person we should know, and remembers a shameful event we should never forget. Baby Bookworm approved.

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
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