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Baseball Saved Us [Paperback] Ken Mochizuki (Author), Dom Lee (Illustrator)

Baseball Saved Us

Grade 1-4–During World War II the author’s parents were sent to an internment camp in Idaho. That family history led to this poignant story about a young Japanese-American boy in an internment camp and the baseball diamond that gave the internees a purpose in life and a way of passing the time. The young boy’s triumph in a game played while in captivity helps him when he returns home and continues his baseball career. The baseball heading over the fence on the last page tugs at the heart of readers as it symbolizes freedom lost, and regained. Author Ken Mochizuki reads his award-winning book (Lee & Low, 1993). There is some soft background music, and a few gentle sound effects, but the power of the words need little embellishment. Young students will be made aware of the overt racism Japanese-Americans faced during this period of history. This treasure of a book is well-treated in this format.—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA

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This entry was posted on June 15, 2012 by in picture book and tagged , .
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