Fish for Jimmy
Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp
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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, and includes a letter to readers with more information about the historical background and inspiration.
Praise For Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp…
"A new and moving look at one of the most disgraceful events in U.S. history, effectively told with childlike surrealism." —Kirkus Reviews
"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." —New York Times
Holiday House, 9780823423750, 32pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2013