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Fish for Jimmy

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Fish for Jimmy

Based on One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp
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For two boys in a Japanese American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make him strong again. This affecting tale of courage and love is an adaptation of the author's true family story.

For two boys in a Japanese American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make him strong again. This affecting tale of courage and love is an adaptation of the author's true family story.

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  • ATOS:
    4.6
  • Lexile:
    880
  • Interest Level:
    LG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 5

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About the Author-
  • Katie Yamasaki is a teacher, an illustrator, and an internationally acclaimed muralist who lives in New York City. When she was growing up, the World War II internment of 110,000 Japanese and Japanese American citizens was never discussed, even though most of Katie's Japanese family was interned. She wrote this book to honor their bravery.
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  • The New York Times Book Review ..."Fish for Jimmy" is the first picture book both written and illustrated by Katie Yamasaki, who drew on the true stories of her family to tell a fictional tale. Two siblings, Taro and his young brother, Jimmy, enjoy a happy life in California. Their father, an immigrant from Japan, has opened a successful vegetable market, and their mother cooks fresh fish from the Pacific Ocean. All this changes after Pearl Harbor. Their father is taken away, and Taro, Jimmy and their mother are sent to an internment camp, surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. Jimmy is deeply shaken by the experience and refuses to eat the American breakfasts of fried eggs and sausage, longing instead for his mother's home-cooked Japanese meals. In an impressive show of compassion and bravery, Taro sneaks out of the camp to get fresh fish for his brother, which helps renew his spirits. Yamasaki, who works as a muralist and educator, creates sweeping paintings that capture the story in a literal manner even as she makes bold metaphorical leaps. When the two boys lie in bed at night, the menacing shadows of the camp's guard tower are imprinted on their blankets. The family stands poised on Taro's reclining form, while the imagined torsos of F.B.I. agents loom in a forbidding muddy background. One of the most moving spreads shows Taro capturing fish in a river, each fish carrying a reclining Jimmy on its back. The overall result is a dramatic, visual feast. And Yamasaki gives readers a reassuringly happy ending. In both these books, the bonds of familial love override even the direst of circumstances."
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