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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

#AtoZChallenge – P (A) Place Where Sunflowers Grow

it’s P Day!!!!

Today is a busy day so let’s get started.

On my LETTER day you’ll be thrilled to know that I’m in two places:

Here and over at the A to Z Challenge website.

After you check out my book here, pop over to the Challenge site and see the beautiful book I have for you there.

today’s book is:

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee- Tai

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy-Lee Tai, illustrated Felicia Hoshino

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.

There is so much to love about this book. At a time when America did not treat it’s Japanese inhabitants very well, comes a

beautiful tale of a little girl and her growing talent.  This is a book you’ll need to read several times, because the first couple times you’re in shock when you imagine that this was being done in our own country (at a time when Jews faced similar opposition). After the initial shock, you are left with a loving appreciation of childhood no matter where it takes place.

Have you read this book? Any books you can recommend about Japanese internment?

Don’t forget, I’m on the blog today. Show me some love!

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

7 replies on “#AtoZChallenge – P (A) Place Where Sunflowers Grow”

Thanks for the title. I have added it up to my “Want to Read” list in goodreads. 🙂

The things that fear drove our country to do. Fear of the things and people we don’t understand.
Such a shame.
Beautiful choice.

Heather

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