Ten-year-old Michiko wants to be proud of her Japanese heritage but can't be. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, her family's possessions are confiscated and they are forced into deprivation in a small, insular community. The men are sent to work on the railway, so the women and children are left to make the trip on their own.After a former Asahi baseball star becomes herTen-year-old Michiko wants to be proud of her Japanese heritage but can't be. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, her family's possessions are confiscated and they are forced into deprivation in a small, insular community. The men are sent to work on the railway, so the women and children are left to make the trip on their own.After a former Asahi baseball star becomes her new teacher, life gets better. Baseball fever hits town, and when Michiko challenges the adults to a game with her class, the whole town turns out.Then the government announces that they must move once again. But they can't think of relocating with a new baby coming, even with the offer of free passage to Japan. Michiko pretends to be her mother and writes to get a job for her father on a farm in Ontario. When he is accepted, they again pack their belongings and head to a new life in Ontario....
|Title||:||Cherry Blossom Winter|
|Number of Pages||:||176 Pages|
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Cherry Blossom Winter Reviews
I enjoyed reading through this book and feel that for its relatively shorter size, it offers a good story. One of the appealing factors for me is its setting and atmosphere: I enjoyed reading about personal experiences through the eyes of a Japanese girl during/post-WWII and the tension that she must have felt in trying to fit in with her family. I think that the mannerisms described, characters of family and friends within her social circle, and the well-placed Japanese terms (especially with the glossary at the end) helped to build a strong setting.I felt, however, that the story also had some holes. For instance, it would allude to seemingly important obstacles to be faced (the watch), which you read in the following chapter as having been resolved in a dismissive, 'so-that-solves-that' manner. Also, I didn't get a strong sense of the character's feelings: does she have ties to the community in which she currently lives? At the end of the book, does she/will she miss this community? In this way, I didn't feel that the shortness of the book did the girl's experiences justice.
A gentle paced story reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie only it's about Japanese Canadians and the treatment they endured during the second world war. Little Kimona on the Prairie, perhaps. Evocative detailed descriptions and strong characters remaining hopeful and positive towards Canada. A beautiful telling.
I love the book.
Michiko's family is struggling during World War II. Since the family was forced to leave Vancouver with the Japanese relocation, they have tried to make a new life, but it is difficult. Her mother does sewing occasionally, her father works in a drugstore, and there has been a school set up for the children. Although they are lacking electricity and books, they have the famous baseball player Kaz Katsumoto as a teacher, and he tries to rally the students together as a team. Many of the non Japanese neighbors are sympathetic and try to help them, including Mrs. Morrison, who is kindly even after her husband is missing in action. Things get progressively worse-- Michiko's grandfather passes away, her mother is pregnant, and her aunt Sadie hopes to get married, which means that if the family has to go back to Japan, she won't come with them. Michiko finds a situation on a farm for the family, and the birth of her sister Hana gives the family new hope. Strengths: The Japanese relocation is a topic that has only gotten coverage in recent years, so it is interesting to read more on it. There is a first book in the series that I missed, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell.Weaknesses: This is very similar to the books I have read about this historical period.
- sequel of a 12 yr old Japanese-Canadian girl whose family was sent to New Denver during WW II- story eerily similar to my mother's experience- my mother was 11 yrs old when she was sent to Christina Lake (near New Denver)- her father also played for the Asahi baseball team and her mother also was a seamstress- rather slow but realistic story of life in a small town during the war- reading level: gr. 6- interest level: gr. 5-8 girls and those interested in J-C history
This seemed like it had a lot of potential, but it failed to live up to my expectations. The story and characters were pleasant, but the writing wasn't terribly engaging. I think there are other books about Japanese Internment that better illustrate Japanese American experiences for kids. (Although, I'm not sure if there are too many other ones based in Canada. I'm only familiar with American ones.)
There were several typos in this book which surprised me.