Manjiro: The Boy Who Risked His Life for Two Countries

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Sep 30, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages

In 1841, Japan had been closed to the outside world for 250 years, and anyone who tried to return to the country after leaving it could be executed. So when the small fishing boat on which fourteen-year-old Manjiro was working was shipwrecked, he despaired of ever returning to his village. The captain of the American whaling ship that rescued Manjiro took a special interest in him, inviting him to come live in Massachusetts. There, Manjiro was treated like Captain Whitfield's son, and he began to feel as though Massachusetts was his second home. Still, he never gave up his dream of finding a way to return to Japan and see his mother again.

Watercolor illustrations bring to life the true story of a determined and resourceful young man whose intimate knowledge of two cultures later led him to play an important role in the opening of Japan to Western trade and ideas.

Manjiro is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

In this engaging picture-book biography of Manjiro, a ship-wrecked young Japanese fisherman who was rescued by an American whaling ship, became the first Japanese person to visit the United States ... Read full review

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Informative non-fiction children's book. Tells the story of an unlikely boy-adventurer and outlines the cultural differences between America and Japan during the middle and end of the 19th century ... Read full review

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EMILY ARNOLD MCCULLY, a Caldecott Medalist, has written and illustrated many children's books, including Marvelous Mattie and Squirrel and John Muir, both NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, and, most recently, The Escape of Oney Judge. She divides her time between New York City and upstate New York.

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