Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss

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As a boy, Kenichi Zeni Zenimura dreams of playing professional baseball, but everyone tells him he is too small. Yet he grows up to be a successful player, playing with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig! When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in 1941, Zeni and his family are sent to one of ten internment camps where more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry are imprisoned without trials. Zeni brings the game of baseball to the camp, along with a sense of hope. This true story, set in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, introduces children to a little-discussed part of American history through Marissa Moss's rich text and Yuko Shimizu's beautiful illustrations. The book includes author and illustrator notes, archival photographs, and a bibliography.

About Marissa Moss

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Marissa Moss has written and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Amelia's Notebook series, the picture book Nurse, Soldier, Spy, and a middle-grade novel, The Pharaoh's Secret. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Published April 9, 2013 by Abrams Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her picture book debut, artist Shimizu finely crafts pen-and-ink illustrations with a calligraphy brush to help portray a true story of resilience during WWII. Born in Japan, Kenichi Zenimura, nick

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Kenichi Zenimura built a baseball legacy in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

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Gr 3–5—Focusing on her subject's strength of character and love of baseball, Moss introduces readers to Kenichi Zenimura (1900–'68). At barely five feet tall, Zeni was hardly a natural athlete; nonetheless, he developed great prowess as a player and coach. Before World War II, he played exhibitio...

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