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  1. Alex Baugh Alex Baugh says:

    When people of Japanese descent were rounded up and sent to live in internment camps shortly after the United States entered World War II, they found themselves eating a very different diet than the fresh fish, vegetables, and fruit that had been available when they had lived near the Pacific Ocean Jimmy and his older brother Taro are no exception to enjoying fresh food, after all their parents own a Farmer s Market.But early in December, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, their father is taken When people of Japanese descent were rounded up and sent to live in internment camps shortly after the United States entered World War II, they found themselves eating a very different diet than the fresh fish, vegetables, and fruit that had been available when they had lived near the Pacific Ocean Jimmy and his older brother Taro are no exception to enjoying fresh food, after all their parents own a Farmer s Market.But early in December, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, their father is taken away by three men in the FBI The family can no longer live in their home and run their Farmer s Market, and Jimmy, Taro and their mother find themselves forced to live in tiny barracks surrounded by guards Confused about what is happening, Jimmy refuses to eat the unfamiliar food he is served.And no matter how much they try to coax him, no one can get Jimmy to eat Although everyone is worried about him, Jimmy just doesn t understand why his family isn t living in their home near the ocean Or why they can t eat his mother s good rice and noodles, or the fresh vegetables and fish he loves so much Soon, Jimmy even stops playing with the other kids.One night, Taro, worried about Jimmy and feeling responsible for taking care of him in their father s absence, makes a big decision Taking a borrowed pair of garden shears, he quietly leaves the barrack, find a place in the fence where the guards can t see him and clips a hole he can crawl through.Finding a mountain stream, Taro waits until he feels a fish hitting against his leg, then quickly grabs fish after fish, wrapping them in his mother s scarf And in the morning, there is fish for Jimmy, who finally eats to his mother and Taro s relief.In her end note, author Katie Yamasaki writes that Fish for Jimmy is based on a true story from her family s history Her great grandfather was arrested by the FBI just as Taro and Jimmy s father had been, though it was her grandfather s cousin who snuck out of the camp to find fish for his young son I think that by putting the stories together, Yamasaki is able to highlight the impact that interning innocent people, particularly children, based solely on their ethnicity through Jimmy s depression and his refusal to eat and works to make this a very accessible story for young readers Sadly, it made me think about all the Jimmys who found themselves in these camps and who were too young to understand what was happening.The illustrations, done with acrylic paint, vividly capture the emotions each person is feeling The reader sees Jimmy going from a happy little boy to a depressed child and finally as a smiling kid after having a taste of home again The danger Taro faced sneaking out to catch the fish is aptly shown in a spread with the barbed wire fence in the foreground and guards with big guns in the background, and behind that, readers can see Taro s searching for the right spot in the fence to cut through It is a wonderful, dynamic, rather sophisticated image, and Yamasaki the muralist painter is really present in it.Fish for Jimmy is an excellent choice for introducing the history of the internment of Japanese Americans to young readers and it will definitely resonate with things happening in today s world for them.This book is recommended for readers age 6 This book was borrowed from the Bank Street School Library


  2. Suzi Ketch Suzi Ketch says:

    Picture book about the Japanese internment camp as told through the eyes of a child.


  3. Vanessa Macias Vanessa Macias says:

    Fish for Jimmy was written by a Japanese woman whose family endured a Japanese internment camp during World War II She did not use hyperbole to describe the experience, and her illustrations helped tell the story of what the characters were thinking and feeling The illustrations and story line are historically accurate, and there is no sign of stereotypical or racist language or symbolism While reading this story, I was taken back to when I first learned of some of the atrocities of America Fish for Jimmy was written by a Japanese woman whose family endured a Japanese internment camp during World War II She did not use hyperbole to describe the experience, and her illustrations helped tell the story of what the characters were thinking and feeling The illustrations and story line are historically accurate, and there is no sign of stereotypical or racist language or symbolism While reading this story, I was taken back to when I first learned of some of the atrocities of America I never knew we had sent citizens to camps out of fear While the Jews suffered in horrid conditions and fear in Europe, Japanese suffered a lot of the same segregation, racism, and fear in the United States It also reminded me of my history lesson of the Native people in the U.S I only learned about the education of the Native children while attending the university The horrid treatment of all tribes, the Trail of Tears, and so many other injustices are what prevented America from being as great as people thought it was.Discussion Questions 1 When was Taro s family sent to live in a camp 2 How would you interpret Jimmy s behaviors 3 What would result if Taro were caught sneaking out of camp 4 Why do you think Americans were so scared of Japanese families that they sent them to live in a heavily guarded camp 5 Do you agree with the actions of Taro sneaking out of camp Justify your response.6 How would you design a camp for the Japanese to live in if you were forced to make one Draw your plan


  4. Amy Gonzalez Amy Gonzalez says:

    I m using this book as part of my historical Fiction unit Katie Yamasaki takes readers into the historical time period when racial prejudice and fear against Japanese Americans allowed the creation of Japanese internment camps along the West coast of the United States something I never learned about when I was in school Right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941,than 110,000 Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and sent to live in the internment camps for fear I m using this book as part of my historical Fiction unit Katie Yamasaki takes readers into the historical time period when racial prejudice and fear against Japanese Americans allowed the creation of Japanese internment camps along the West coast of the United States something I never learned about when I was in school Right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941,than 110,000 Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and sent to live in the internment camps for fear that they were working with Japan Yamasaki s family stayed at the Granada Relocation Center in Amache, Colorado In her book, Fish For Jimmy, Yamasaki retells a family story about how freedom can come to you when you re concern for others becomes greater than your concern for yourself.I think Yamasaki s illustrations are also fantastic


  5. Barbara Barbara says:

    Jimmy and his older brohter Taro enjoy their life by the Pacific Ocean and their family vegetable market, but when WWII and war with Japan prompts the U S government to arrest their father and send the family to an internment camp, Jimmy becomes depressed and refuses to eat Desperate to save his brother, Taro slips out of the camp and manages to catch fish in a mountain stream so his brother will be reminded of home The book contains an author s note explaining the family story behind this p Jimmy and his older brohter Taro enjoy their life by the Pacific Ocean and their family vegetable market, but when WWII and war with Japan prompts the U S government to arrest their father and send the family to an internment camp, Jimmy becomes depressed and refuses to eat Desperate to save his brother, Taro slips out of the camp and manages to catch fish in a mountain stream so his brother will be reminded of home The book contains an author s note explaining the family story behind this picture book Pair this one with Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss of So Far from the Sea by Even Bunting as an introduction to the Japanese internment camps


  6. Lynn Lynn says:

    Initially I didn t warm to the surrealist illustrations but by the end of the book they felt integral and appropriate to the story and I loved the streams of fishes that swim through the pages I haven t read many picture books on the horrid history of the internment camps and this one is done in such a child centered way Some of the illustrations of the camp itself are especially affecting.


  7. Edward Sullivan Edward Sullivan says:

    A touching, beautifully illustrated story based upon the author s own family history.


  8. Emily Emily says:

    I read this book while I was reading Imprisoned The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II, by Martin W Sandler Fish for Jimmy Inspired by One Family s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp, by Katie Yamasaki tells about this experience from a child s perspective Yamasaki based this on a true story of her own grandfather s experience In the story Jimmy s family comes to American in search of a better life They become successful and open a vegetable stand Then, I read this book while I was reading Imprisoned The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II, by Martin W Sandler Fish for Jimmy Inspired by One Family s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp, by Katie Yamasaki tells about this experience from a child s perspective Yamasaki based this on a true story of her own grandfather s experience In the story Jimmy s family comes to American in search of a better life They become successful and open a vegetable stand Then, one night they hear the devastating news of Japan bombing Pearl Harbor Shortly after the FBI comes to their home and takes Jimmy s father Jimmy and the rest of his family are sent to an internment camp Jimmy looses his appetite, and begins to miss the food he was used to his mother cooking at home His brother sneaks out of the camp to go fishing He brings seven fish back for his mother to cook Finally, Jimmy eats and they see their mother smile for the first time since arriving in the camp A short time later the war is over, and they are reunited with their father This story gave meinsight as to what it was actually like for a family being sent to the internment camps, especially from a child s perspective I would recommend reading this book to students first as an introduction to a history lesson on Japanese American Internment camps to help them get a better understanding and see it from a point of view they can relate to


  9. Samantha Hale Samantha Hale says:

    Original Summary Taro and Jimmy are living a wonderful life with their parents in California until one day when the FBI comes to their door after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Their father is taken to prison, and Taro, Jimmy, and their mother are taken to Japanese American internment camps Jimmy refuses to eat because it doesn t taste like the food they ate at home Taro sneaks out of the internment camp, finds some fish in the river and brings them back to the camp to cook for Jimmy.Original R Original Summary Taro and Jimmy are living a wonderful life with their parents in California until one day when the FBI comes to their door after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Their father is taken to prison, and Taro, Jimmy, and their mother are taken to Japanese American internment camps Jimmy refuses to eat because it doesn t taste like the food they ate at home Taro sneaks out of the internment camp, finds some fish in the river and brings them back to the camp to cook for Jimmy.Original Review This book is a great way to introduce and discuss the hard challenges that Japanese Americans faced during World War 2 This is a great way to get students talking about the injustices that Japanese Americans faced during the war just because of their race.Other books to pair with connect to The Harmonica by Tony Johnston is a great book to pair this with because it also discusses the hardships of World War 2 from a young Jewish boy s perspective These two books can be compared and contrasted with students and be a conversation starter for them as well.Quote In the morning there was fish for Jimmy As Mother cooked the fish in their barrack, Taro s belly rumbled He realized how much he too had missed the fresh food of home Students can look at this social justice issue and brainstorm in a small group the ways in which Japanese Americans were treated unfairly, especially since they were already living in America


  10. Ann Ann says:

    After receiving two copies of this book from Holiday House, I must say it has really grown on me I might just want an ornament with Jimmy riding on a fish because it s eccentric enough I was mesmerized for pages Based on the true story of Yamasaki s grandfather s cousin, she tells the story of Taro and his family, who were hauled off to a concentration camp in Amache, Colorado Conditions were so dismal, Taro s brother, Jimmy, becomes non responsive and stops eating all together All seems ho After receiving two copies of this book from Holiday House, I must say it has really grown on me I might just want an ornament with Jimmy riding on a fish because it s eccentric enough I was mesmerized for pages Based on the true story of Yamasaki s grandfather s cousin, she tells the story of Taro and his family, who were hauled off to a concentration camp in Amache, Colorado Conditions were so dismal, Taro s brother, Jimmy, becomes non responsive and stops eating all together All seems hopeless until Taro discovers there is a river right outside the fence teeming with fish He decides to risk getting caught for the sake of reviving his brother by bringing back the Pacific fish to remind him of their home in California Figures are depicted with thick acrylic paint The story is told with Hiroshige text and conveys the severity of the time period FBI agents are faceless in gray trench coats Scale is used to show subconscious and conscious imaginings of the main characters Another individual s fascinating family history of surviving the Japanese internment camps


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Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp [Reading] ➿ Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp By Katie Yamasaki – Thomashillier.co.uk 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, For two boys in Jimmy: Inspired ePUB ☆ 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 Fish for PDF/EPUB or 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 againThis affecting tale of courage and for Jimmy: Inspired Epub ß love is an adaptation of the author s true family story, and includes a letter to readers with information about the historical background and inspiration.