In the story, So Far From the Sea, Eve Bunting uses the emotions and wisdom of Laura Iwasaki to gently and simply tell the story of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Through the unique use of black and white illustrations to depict the past and colored drawings to illustrate the present, we are told the story of Laura's family. As she gingerly walks through the deserted Manzanar Relocation Camp, Laura explains to us how her grandfather, father, and mother were taken from their homes after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and kept behind barbed wire to 'protect America'. She attempts to share with us her feelings and those of her family as they visit the grave of her grandfather. Laura's family will soon be moving to Massachusetts, so she must make one last visit to say good-bye to a grandfather she has never met. She tells us of her sorrow at having to leave behind her grandfather, 'a true American', who will be forever, 'so far from the sea' that he loved.
Similar authors: Ken Mochizuki; Suzanne Lieurance; Michael L. Cooper
Similar books: Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki;
Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp by Michael L. Cooper;
The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese American Internment Camp
Date read: 6/24/2011