Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Kadohata's Weedflower

Kira-Kira, by this author, was very depressing and set during an odd historical period, so it's hard to get students to read it. This book, however, is a very vivid portrait of a family removed from their flower farm and sent to an internment camp because of the national feeling against the Japanese during WWII. This is a fine addition to a limited but interesting body of fiction that includes:
Denenberg: The Journal of Ben Uchinda
Otsuka: When the Emperor Was Divine
Salisbury: Eyes of the Emperor
Garrigue: The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito
Uchida: Jar of Dreams


  1. Oooh, I like the internment camp books for some reason. I'll have to check it out.

  2. Anonymous8:24 PM EDT

    Please don't forget to include Farewell to Manzanar!