Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss
This was a really good story of how a Japanese man made the best of a bad situation. Kenichi Zenimura loved baseball and before World War II played in Fresno, California and had even met Babe Ruth and Lou Gherig. But, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he and other Japanese Americans were suspected of being spies and sent to internment camps.
For the average child in 4th or 5th grade the Japanese internment camps during World War II will be new information. This book approaches the topic honestly but with hope and courage. Kenichi chose to rise above the situation and make the best of it by building a baseball field and creating teams who played with pride.