A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai
(English and Japanese Edition)

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Under the harsh summer sun, Mari’s art class has begun. But it’s hard to think of anything to draw in a place where nothing beautiful grows — especially a place like Topaz, the internment camp where Mari’s family and thousands of other Japanese Americans have been sent to live during World War II. Somehow, glimmers of hope begin to surface — in the eyes of a kindly art teacher, in the tender words of Mari’s parents, and in the smile of a new friend. Amy Lee-Tai’s sensitive prose and Felicia Hoshino’s stunning mixed-media images show that hope can survive even the harshest injustice.
 

About Amy Lee-Tai

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FELICIA HOSHINO is a full-time illustrator and graphic designer. She has a background in Japanese classical dance, which she performed as a child. To research the movements and poses for this book, she visited a local Cambodian dance group. Hoshino lives in San Francisco, California. This is her first picture book.
 
Published May 25, 2006 by Children's Book Press. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A satisfying introduction and backmatter, including personal notes from the author and artist, acknowledgments and translation credits, make this a richly informative introduction to a subject little-addressed in works for children.

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One caveat: the inclusion of a Japanese translation on each page widens the book's audience to include Japanese students of English, but also crowds the pages visually.

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