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Write to me : letters from Japanese American children to the Librarian they left behind / Cynthia Grady ; illustrated by Amiko Hirao.

By: Grady, Cynthia [author.].
Contributor(s): Hirao, Amiko [illustrator.].
Material type: TextTextDescription: 26 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781580896887; 158089688X.Subject(s): Breed, Clara E. (Clara Estelle), 1906-1994 -- Correspondence -- Juvenile literature | Breed, Clara E. (Clara Estelle), 1906-1994 | Breed, Clara E. (Clara Estelle), 1906-1994 | Poston Relocation Center (Ariz.) -- Juvenile literature | Poston Relocation Center (Ariz.) | Poston Relocation Center (Ariz.) | Evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans (United States : 1942-1945) | World War (1939-1945) | 1939-1945 | Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Juvenile literature | World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans -- Juvenile literature | World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- United States -- Juvenile literature | Japanese American children -- Correspondence -- Juvenile literature | Children's librarians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Japanese Americans -- California -- San Diego -- History -- Juvenile literature | World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Juvenile literature | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American -- Juvenile literature | Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese-Americans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- United States | Japanese American children | Children's librarians -- United States | Japanese Americans -- California -- San Diego -- History | World War, 1939-1945 -- United States | World War, 1939-1945 | Children | Children's librarians | Japanese American children | Japanese Americans | California -- San Diego | United StatesGenre/Form: Personal narratives. | Nonfiction. | Biography. | History. | Juvenile works. | Personal narratives -- American. | Personal correspondence. | Personal narratives. | Personal correspondence.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Write to me.DDC classification: 940.53 Summary: "A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps. When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children's librarian Clara Breed's young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children's letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps. When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children's librarian Clara Breed's young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children's letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Grady tells the story of Clara Breed, a children's librarian from San Diego, who was moved to action when her library's Japanese American patrons were rounded up and imprisoned in internment camps during World War II. As families were forced out of their homes to travel to unknown destinations, she gave out stamped and addressed post cards, asking her young patrons to write to her. She then corresponded with the children as they were moved from camp to camp, sending letters and books. Luminous colored pencil illustrations in muted jewel tones create a nostalgic, bleak atmosphere that suits the tone well. However, the narrative is much more focused on Breed's life than the Japanese Americans wrongly imprisoned, presenting the internment matter-of-factly. The spare text does feature excerpts from the letters, reproduced verbatim, to flesh out the life in the camps, although one letter contains a disturbing reference to Little Black Sambo. Readers will find a large amount of back matter for such a slim volume. An author's note, time lines of Breed's life and the history of Japanese people in the United States, and more make this a potential source for budding researchers, though it will have to be paired with a more substantial text on the U.S. internment of people of Japanese heritage. VERDICT A flawed and insensitive introduction to an episode in U.S. history.-Darla Salva Cruz, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Cynthia Grady is a former middle-school librarian and the author of Like a Bird- The Art of the American Slave Song (Millbrook) and I Lay My Stitches Down- Poems of American Slavery (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers). She holds master's degrees in children's literature, library studies, and classics/philosophy/liberal studies.<br> <br> Amiko Hirao earned a degree in art history in her native Japan and later graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. She has illustrated Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Tulip at Bat (Hachette), and Just What Mama Needs (HMH).

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