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Laura Iwasaki and her family are paying what may be their last visit to Laura's grandfather's grave The grave is at Manzanar where thousands of Americans of Japanese heritage were interned during World War II Among those rounded up and taken to the i One of my very favorite children's historical fiction books An incredibly touching story that deals with a family's memories of Manzanar the Japanese American relocation camp in California in WWII

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Erica's history Eve Bunting's poignant text and Chris K Soentpiet's detailed evocative paintings make the story of this family's visit to Manzanar and of the memories stirred by the experience one that will linger in readers' minds and hearts Afterwo There are many forgotten stories in our history in America During WWII the most neglected of stories what happened to Japanese citizens who were placed in camps is illustrated beautifully in the story So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting It follows a brief day as a family travels to a camp today to relive their history and visit the grave of a grandfather and to leave a portion of their life behind forever The story is told simply in its genre of historical fiction and imprints well the meaning many Japanese Americans carry todayThe story would be well placed in the curriculum of 3 5th grade as part of a greater unit on the history of this country during WWII It could easily facilitate a greater theme about concentration camps and why they are so wrong as it is shown that in America we did something very similar to those with a Japanese heritage Students could read the story and have a discussion in groups as it is vitally important to factual curriculum to include this topicSo Far From the Sea has vivid illustrations by Chris K Soentpiet and as such would be very enjoyable to students as teacher's read aloud Each page has a good amount of text and students would enjoy being introduced to this part of our history with pictures that show what it was like to be in an internment camp in AmericaThis book is WOW to me because of how simply and elegantly it poses the topic There is no blame and there is uite a bit of forgiveness in the characters yet the uestion lingers that maybe the country was wrong It touches upon the right points concerning the history of the topic and the illustrations are beautiful I believe this book would be essential to an introduction of American Internment Camps as students need to learn about them Rituals of Pleasure yet the uestion lingers that maybe the country was wrong It touches upon the right points concerning the history of the topic and the illustrations are beautiful I believe this book would be essential to an introduction of American Internment Camps as students need to learn about them

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Nternment camp were Laura's father then a small boy and his parents Now Laura says goodbye to Grandfather in her own special way with a gesture that crosses generational lines and bears witness to the patriotism that survived a shameful episode in Am Excellent book A reader can learn so much detail about life in the Japanese American internment camps yet the book does not work too hard to share the facts The real point of the book is the story which is filled with emotion The switch between colored illustrations and black and white is a great tool that helps us be engaged in Laura's father's story and understand it a little bit Rituals of Pleasure yet the book does not work too hard to share the facts The real point of the book is the story which is filled with emotion The switch between colored illustrations and black and white is a great tool that helps us be engaged in Laura's father's story and understand it a little bit


10 thoughts on “So Far from the Sea

  1. says:

    One of my very favorite children's historical fiction books An incredibly touching story that deals with a family's memories of Manzanar the Japanese American relocation camp in California in WWII


  2. says:

    Caldecott worthy Now Manzanar has an interpretive center and a few buildings definitely worth a visit if you live within a few hundred miles Are any other camps' locations preserved as monuments or heritage sites?


  3. says:

    A beautifully written story about an incredibly important topic—the forced relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II The story is told from the perspective of seven year old Laura making the yearly pilgrimage with her family to visit her grandfather's grave at the remains of the Manzanar War Relocation Camp The most poignant moment of the story for me was discovering why Laura has brought her father's old Cub Scout neckerchief to lay on her grandfather's graveAnd of course the illustrations can make or break a picture book Chris K Soenpiet's evocative watercolor illustrations alternate between vibrant color to portray Laura and her family's visit and black and white to portray her father's and grandfather's relocation and imprisonmentThe only thing that didn't sit well with me was Laura's father's statement that sometimes in the end there is no right or wrongit is just a thing that happened long years ago A thing that cannot be changed I wonder if that statement is truly indicative of Japanese Americans who experienced the relocation camps or if it is merely the author's own interpretation of eventsRegardless this book is going on my to buy list


  4. says:

    This book is about the Japanese who got taken by the Americans I gave this book 5 stars because it really tells you what it was like in the war and has flashbacks which show you pictures of what it was like This book is just great because many people have gone through these camps and now anyone who has read this book knows


  5. says:

    Excellent book A reader can learn so much detail about life in the Japanese American internment camps yet the book does not work too hard to share the facts The real point of the book is the story which is filled with emotion The switch between colored illustrations and black and white is a great tool that helps us be engaged in Laura's father's story and understand it a little bit


  6. says:

    Eve Bunting never disappoints This was such a powerful read about Japanese Internment Camps A great historical fiction to share with children


  7. says:

    There are many forgotten stories in our history in America During WWII the most neglected of stories what happened to Japanese citizens who were placed in camps is illustrated beautifully in the story So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting It follows a brief day as a family travels to a camp today to relive their history and visit the grave of a grandfather and to leave a portion of their life behind forever The story is told simply in its genre of historical fiction and imprints well the meaning many Japanese Americans carry todayThe story would be well placed in the curriculum of 3 5th grade as part of a greater unit on the history of this country during WWII It could easily facilitate a greater theme about concentration camps and why they are so wrong as it is shown that in America we did something very similar to those with a Japanese heritage Students could read the story and have a discussion in groups as it is vitally important to factual curriculum to include this topicSo Far From the Sea has vivid illustrations by Chris K Soentpiet and as such would be very enjoyable to students as teacher's read aloud Each page has a good amount of text and students would enjoy being introduced to this part of our history with pictures that show what it was like to be in an internment camp in AmericaThis book is WOW to me because of how simply and elegantly it poses the topic There is no blame and there is uite a bit of forgiveness in the characters yet the uestion lingers that maybe the country was wrong It touches upon the right points concerning the history of the topic and the illustrations are beautiful I believe this book would be essential to an introduction of American Internment Camps as students need to learn about them


  8. says:

    This is a beautiful picturebook that depicts a very ugly time in our history Eve Bunting and Chris Soentpiet’s illustrations and prose blend together well in this somber look at the Japanese Internment Camps that were built after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Laura Iwasaki and her family make the journey one last time to the Manzanar Relocation Camp in California to say goodbye to her grandfather who died there in 1943 The reader is transported from the present to the past with Soentpiet’s graceful balance of full watercolor paintings and pencil drawings Young readers will be apt to follow the non linear narrative with the support of the black and white illustrations This techniue is brilliant and should be used often for early elementary historical fiction Bunting includes a factual Afterword that is also useful and should spark conversations from readers I was especially astonished to read that 10000 Japanese Americans were interned in the Manzanar War Relocation Camp in California alone This tragic historical event seems to be underrepresented in the picturebook genre Perhaps it is because it occurred so recently in our past or perhaps there is still an element of shame connected to the decisions made in 1942


  9. says:

    The story is well done Using one family to show the effects of the internment camps on the lives of the Japanese is effective Alternating images in color representing the present day 1972 and black and white representing the back story 1940s captures the moods of the placePicture books are usually for young audiences but I'd broach this subject with older kids or kids whose families lived at the camps


  10. says:

    A beautiful book for a message but also the craft of writing Takes us back to when Janpanese were put into internment camps during WWII It is a good book with historical information and the literacy techniue of back story telling the story though the father's view from the year's past


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