So Far from the Sea

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 29, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Laura Iwasaki and her family are paying what may be their last visit to Laura's grandfather's grave. The grave is at Manzanar, where thousands of Americans of Japanese heritage were interned during World War II. Among those rounded up and taken to the internment camp were Laura's father, then a small boy, and his parents. Now Laura says goodbye to Grandfather in her own special way, with a gesture that crosses generational lines and bears witness to the patriotism that survived a shameful episode in America's history. Eve Bunting's poignant text and Chris K. Soentpiet's detailed, evocative paintings make the story of this family's visit to Manzanar, and of the memories stirred by the experience, one that will linger in readers' minds and hearts. Afterword.

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

A family pays respects to the grave of their relative who died at Manzanar relocation camp. Black & white illustrations contrast with colorful ones representing flashback & present time (1973). Lends itself well to a lesson on flashback & symbolism. Will use in my classroom. Read full review

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User Review  - sommerkirk - LibraryThing

So Far from the Sea is a realistic fiction and informational book about a family who goes to an old relocation camp for Japanese Americans where the father grew up and their grandfather passed away ... Read full review

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EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

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