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

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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"Excerpts from the children’s letters appear as small signed postcards that overlay many of Hirao’s muted colored-pencil illustrations. 'Books make the day shorter and happier for us,' one postcard declares; others offer upsetting glimpses into camp life ('We live in a horse stable').... This affecting introduction to a distressing chapter in U.S. history and a brave librarian who inspired hope concludes with extensive back matter, including an author’s note, a timeline of Breed’s life, and a selected history of Japanese-Americans in the U.S." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Cynthia Grady
Illustrator Amiko Hirao
ISBN 158089688X
Publication Date Jan 9, 2018
Publisher Charlesbridge
Language English