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By Naomi Hirahara; Random House, 2008

Twelve-year-old Angela Kato begrudgingly spends her summer helping Grandma Michi and Aunt Janet in their flower shop, folding origami crane displays for newlyweds; as Angela's skills improve, she finds she is better able to cope with her troubles, especially her parents' impending divorce; HC $14.99; pb $6.50

 

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By Ken Mochizuki; Scholastic, 2002

In 1972 Seattle, a teenager in a Japanese American family struggles for his own identity, along with a group of three friends who share his anger and confusion; HC $16.95; pb $5.99

 

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The Best Bad Thing

By Yoshiko Uchida; Simon &  Schuster, 1983

Twelve-year-old Rinko must spend the last month of her summer vacation helping out recently widowed Mrs Hata; sequel to A Jar of Dreams; American Library Association Notable Children's Book, 1983; Ages 8+; pb $4.95

 

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The Boy And The Samurai

By Erik Christian Haugaard; Houghton Mifflin, 1991

Having grown up as an orphan of the streets while sixteenth-century Japan is being ravaged by civil war, Saru seeks to help a samurai rescue his wife from imprisonment by a warlord; Ages 12+; HC $16.00; pb $6.95

 

Buddha Boy

By Kathe Koja; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003

Justin spends time with Jinsen, the unusual and artistic new student whom the school bullies torment and call Buddha Boy, and ends up making choices that impact Jinsen, himself, and the entire school; HC $16.00; pb $5.99

 

Chang's Paper Pony

By Eleanor Coerr; pictures by Deborah Kogan Ray; HarperCollins, 1988

In the San Francisco gold rush, Chang, the son of Chinese immigrants, wants a pony but cannot afford one until his friend Big Pete finds a solution; Ages 7+; pb $3.99

 

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By Lensey Namioka; Tuttle Publishing, 2005 (1992)

Zenta and Matsuzo, two wandering ronin, find themselves lost on a small island populated by the indigenous Ainu; Age 10+; pb $7.95

 

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The Demon In The Teahouse

By Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler; Penguin Putnam Books, 2001

In eighteenth-century Japan, fourteen-year-old Seikei, a merchant's son in training to be a samurai, helps his patron investigate murders and arson in the capital city of Edo; sequel to The Ghost In The Tokaido Inn; HC $17.99; pb $5.99

 

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Eyes of the Emperor

By Graham Salisbury; Random House, 2005

Following orders from the US Army, young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Japanese during WWII; Age 12+; HC $15.95

 

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The Friends

By Kazumi Yumoto; translated by Cathy Hirano; Sunburst Edition, 2005 (1992)

When Kiyama and his friends become curious about death, they spy on an old man who looks as if he will die soon; the old man is also watching them and soon this mutual fascination turns into a friendship; Ages 10+; pb $6.95

 

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The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

By Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler; Penguin Putnam, 1999

In order to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan; Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist; ALA Best Book for Young Adults; HC $17.99; pb $5.99

 

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By Leslea Newman; illustrations by Machiyo Kodaira; Henry Holt & Co., LLC, 2004

Professor Ueno's loyal Akita, Hachiko, waits for him at the train station every afternoon, and even after the professor unexpectedly dies while at work, Hachiko faithfully continues to await his return until the day the dog dies; based on a true story: HC $16.95

 

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The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994

An autobiographical novel depicting a teenager's apprenticeship to a master cartoonist in post-war Japan; an ALA Notable Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults; HC $13.95

 

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Island of Ogres:  A Zenta and Matsuzo Mystery

By Lensey Namioka; Tuttle Publishing, 2005 (1989)

Kajiro, a young masterless samurai, mistaken for Zenta the famous warrior, is immediately called upon to combat the ogres by the local villagers and fishermen; Age 10+; pb $7.95

 

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A Jar of Dreams

By Yoshiko Uchida; Simon & Schuster, 1981

Eleven-year-old Rinko grows up in California during the depression, a time of great prejudice; Commonwealth Club of California Silver Medal, 1982; Ages 8+; HC $16.00; pb $4.99

 

Jirohattan

By Hana Mori; translated by Tamiko Kurosaki and Elizabeth Crowe; illustrated by Elizabeth Crowe; Bess Press, 1993

Set in Japan from 1928 to 1950, this is a story of friendship, devotion, and sacrifice; Japanese Association of Writers for Children Newcomer Prize; Ages 10+; pb $6.95

 

Journal of Ben Uchida:  Citizen 13559 Mirror Lake Internment Camp (My Name is America Series)

By Barry Denenberg; Scholastic, 1999

Historical fiction with background information and photographs; Ages 9+; HC $10.95

 

Journal of Wong Ming-Chung:  A Chinese Miner, California, 1852 (My Name is America Series)

By Laurence Yep; Scholastic, 2000

A young Chinese boy records his experiences in a journal as he travels from southern China to California in 1852 to join his uncle during the Gold Rush; HC $10.95

 

Journey Home

By Yoshiko Uchida; Simon & Schuster, 1992

Twelve-year-old Yuki and her parents have just been released from Topaz, one of the concentration camps in which Japanese Americans were imprisoned during WWII; sequel to Journey to Topaz; HC $16.00; pb $4.99

 

Journey to Topaz

By Yoshiko Uchida; 1971; reprint Heyday Books, 2004

A story of eleven-year-old Yuki Sakane and her family who, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, are uprooted from their California home and forced to live in a bleak desert concentration camp; ALA Notable Book; California Recommended Reading List Core Title; Age 10+; pb $9.95

 

Kensuke's Kingdom

By Michael Morpurgo; Scholastic Press, 2003

When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a desert island where he struggles to survive until he meets a fellow castaway, Kensuke, who has lived on the island since the bombing of his native Nagasaki; Federation of Children's Book Groups' Book Award; Age 9+; HC $16.95; pb $4.99

 

Kim/Kimi

By Hadley Irwin; Viking Press, 1988

Despite a warm relationship with her mother, stepfather, and half brother, sixteen-year-old Kim feels the need to find answers about the Japanese American father she never knew; Age 9+; pb $5.99

 

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Kira-Kira

By Cynthia Kadohata; Simon & Schuster, 2004

Summary:  Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s, and the despair felt when one sister becomes terminally ill; 2005 John Newbery Medal Award; HC $16.95

 

Legends of the Martial Arts Masters

By Susan Lynn Peterson; Tuttle Publishing, 2003

This collection of 21 inspiring stories of courage, combat, and self-discovery includes dramatic victories, wily strategies, triumphs over long odds, action and amazing feats of martial arts wizardry; pb $7.95

 

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The Letters

By Kazumi Yumoto; translated by Cathy Hirano; Random House, 2003

In Japan, the death of her former landlady triggers a young woman's memories about her father's death when she was six years old, and the special way the old lady helped her to cope with the loss; pb $5.50

 

The Little Yokozuna

By Wayne Shorey; Tuttle Publishing, 2003

A group of young children is mysteriously transported to traditional Japan in this dramatic adventure in a world of sumo wrestling, baseball, and temple gardens; Ages 9+; pb $7.95

 

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Mieko and the Fifth Treasure

By Eleanor Coerr; Bantam Doubleday Dell reprint, 1994

After her hand is injured in the Nagasaki bombing, Mieko is frightened that she will never regain the fifth treasure-- beauty in the heart--to do calligraphy; Ages 8+; pb $5.99

 

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My Brother, My Sister, and I

By Yoko Kawashima Watkins; Simon & Schuster, 1994

As refugees in Japan in 1947, thirteen-year-old Yoko, her older brother, and sister must endure many difficulties while searching for their father; sequel to So Far From the Bamboo Grove; ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Parenting Magazine Best Book; New York Times Notable Book; pb $4.99

 

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By J. B. Cheaney; Alfred A. Knopf. 2005

During WWII, a twelve-year-old girl becomes friends with a young Japanese American boy she discovers being sheltered and hidden by her neighbor; HC $15.95; pb $6.50

 

Name Me Nobody

By Lois-Ann Yamanaka; Hyperion Books, 1999

Emi-Lou struggles to come of age in her middle school years in Hawaii; Ages 13+; HC $14.99; pb $5.99

 

Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House Series)

By Mary Pope Osborne; Random House, 1995; Ages 7+; pb $3.99

 

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By Linda Gerber; Penguin Group, 2006

American teenager Nori Tanaka has never thought much about her Japanese heritage, but when she travels to Japan for a summer academic program to escape from her parents' impending divorce, she discovers a new way of looking at both herself and the world; pb $6.99

 

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The Old Man Mad About Drawing:  A Tale of Hokusai

By Francois Place; translated from the French by William Rodarmor; David R. Godine, 2004

Tojiro, a young seller of rice cakes in the Japanese capital of Edo, later known as Tokyo, is amazed to discover that the grumpy and shabby old man who buys his cakes is a famous artist renowned for his sketches, prints, and paintings of flowers, animals, and landscapes; Age 9+; HC $19.95

 

One Bird

By Kyoko Mori; Random House, 1996

The mother of 15-year-old Megumi decides to leave her marriage in spite of the devastating effects in a traditional contemporary Japan; pb $7.99

 

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Pacific Crossing

By Gary Soto; Harcourt Brace & Co., 1991

Fourteen-year-old Mexican American Lincoln Mendoza spends a summer with a host family in Japan, encountering new experiences and making new friends; Age 8+; pb $5.95

 

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The Revenge of the Forty-Seven Samurai

By Erik Christian Haugaard; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995

A fourteen-year-old serving boy finds himself surrounded by suspicion and betrayal as his master gathers a group of samurai to avenge Lord Asano's death; HC $16.00; pb $6.95

 

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

By Eleanor Coerr; illustrated by Ronald Himler; Penguin Putnam reprint, 1999

A story based on the life of Sadako Sasaki who lived in Japan from 1943 to 1955; Ages 10+; HC $16.99; pb $3.99

 

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By Lensey Namioka; Tuttle Publishing, 2004 (David McKay Co., 1976)

Zenta and Matsuzo, two wandering ronin, volunteer to be bodyguards for two Portuguese missionaries who are in the middle of a tense political battle between the shogun and Nobunaga, the most powerful warlord in sixteenth century Japan; Age 10+; pb $7.95

 

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The Samurai of Gold Hill

By Yoshiko Uchida; Heyday Books, 2005 (1985)

Young Koichi always dreams of becoming a samurai like his father, but in 1869 he suddenly found himself going to America with his father to join the Wakamatsu colony near Sacramento and start a tea and silk farm; based on a true story; California Commonwealth Club Medal; Age 10+; pb $8.95

 

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By Alan Gratz; Penguin Group, 2006

While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training, which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father; HC $17.99

 

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Samurai Spirit:  Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life

By Burt Konzak; Tundra Books, 2002

A collection of stories, lore, and information about the samurai to help teens gain emotional and mental strength; pb $8.95

 

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The Samurai's Tale

By Erik Christian Haugaard; Houghton Mifflin, 1984

In sixteenth-century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general and grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family; ALA Notable Book; Ages 10+; pb $6.95

 

Shizuko's Daughter

By Kyoko Mori; Random House, 1995

Life for 12-year-old Yuki becomes bleak after her mother commits suicide; ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Ages 11+; pb $6.99

 

A Single Shard

By Linda Sue Park; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001

In 12th century Korea, ten-year-old Tree Ear grows from apprentice to artist in a potter's village; Newbery Medal 2002; Age 10+; HC $15.00; pb $6.50

 

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So Far From The Bamboo Grove

By Yoko Kawashima Watkins; Beech Tree Books, 1994

A fictionalized account of the author's life at age eleven, when she, with her mother and sister, escape from Korea to Japan at the end of WWII; ALA Notable Book; Ages 10+; pb $5.99

 

The Spring Tone

By Kazumi Yumoto; translated by Cathy Hirano; Random House, 2001

Tomomi Kiriki feels herself turning into a monster; her body is changing, and so is her heart; with the death of her grandmother, this spring threatens to take away the closeness her family once felt; Age 11+; pb $4.99

 

Stella-- On the Edge of Popularity

By Lauren Lee; Polychrome Publishing Corp., 1994

A Korean American girl struggles to understand the demands of her traditional grandmother and parents while attempting to fit in at school; Age 9+; HC $10.95

 

A Step From Heaven

By An Na; Front Street, 2001

A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America; ALA's Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature; Children's Books of Distinction Award; HC $15.95; pb $7.99

 

Striking It Rich:  Treasures From Gold Mountain

By Debbie Leung Yamada; illustrated by You Shan Tang; Polychrome Publishing Corp., 2001

Christie and Michael visit their grandparents' old store near Oakland where they discover a mysterious room and letters written by early Chinese pioneers during the California Gold Rush; Age 10+; HC $13.95

 

Sword of the Samurai - Adventure Stories From Japan

By Eric A. Kimmel; HarperCollins, 1999

Seven short stories about samurai warriors, their way of life, courage, wit, and foolishness; Age 8+; pb $4.25

 

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By Lian Hearn; Firebird, 2005; pb $6.50 each

Across The Nightingale Floor Episode 1:  The Sword of the Warrior

Across The Nightingale Floor Episode 2:  Journey to Inuyama

Grass For His Pillow Episode 1:  Lord Fujiwara's Treasures

Grass For His Pillow Episode 2:  The Way Through The Snow

 

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

By Lensey Namioka; Delacorte Press, 1999

Ailin defies tradition by refusing to have her feet bound; ALA Best Book for Young Adults--Top 10; New York Public Library Book for the Teenager; Booklist starred review; Age 12+; HC $15.95; pb $4.99

 

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Under The Blood-Red Sun

By Graham Salisbury; Bantam Doubleday Dell reprint, 1995

In 1941, Hawaii, Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully until life changes with the bombing of Pearl Harbor; Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, 1995; Age 10+; pb $6.50

 

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By Lensey Namioka; Tuttle Publishing, 2005 (1980 Delcorte Press)

In Japan during the last quarter of the 16th century, two unemployed samurai attempt to discover who is mutilating the cherry trees in the valley of the Lord Ohmori; Age 7+; pb $7.95

 

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by Lensey Namioka; Tuttle Publishing, 2005 (1981 Delacorte Press)

When a young ronin returns to the village of his former teacher, he and his companion find it terrorized by a mysterious killer; An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults; Age 10+; pb $7.95

 

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By Cynthia Kadohata; Simon & Schuster, 2006

After 12-year-old Sumiko and her family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp on an Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop; HC $16.95

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When My Name Was Keoko:  A Novel of Korea in World War II

By Linda Sue Park; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002

With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely; Age 10+; HC $16.00; pb $5.50

 

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By Lensey Namioka; Tuttle Publishing, 2004 (David McKay Co., 1976)

Zenta and Matsuzo, two sixteenth century masterless samurai, investigate the maze-like White Serpent castle amid jealousy, murder, and a battle for power; Age 10+; pb $7.95

 

Zazoo:  A Novel

By Richard Mosher; Houghton Mifflin, 2001

Amid old secrets revealed and rifts healed, a thirteen-year-old Vietnamese orphan raised in rural France by her aging "Grand-Pierre" learns about life, death, and love; HC $16.00; pb $6.99

 

 

 

NONFICTION / BIOGRAPHY

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Text by Kayano Shigeru; illustrations by Iijima Shunichi; preface by David T. Suzuki; First Tuttle Edition, 2004

An introduction to the Ainu people of Hokkaido, Japan's original inhabitants; HC $14.95

 

Always Dream

By Kristi Yamaguchi with Greg Brown; illustrations by Doug Keith; Taylor Publishing Co., 1998

The Olympic figure skating gold medallist shares inspirational stories including her family's difficulties as Japanese Americans during WWII and her own struggle with an early childhood foot deformity; Age 8+; HC $14.95

 

Ancient China - What Life Was Like in the Chinese Empire (Find Out About Series)

By Philip Steele; Anness Publishing Inc., 2002

Includes pictorial timeline, color photographs, cross-sections, historical map, projects; Age 8+; pb $7.95

 

At The Plate With ... Ichiro

By Matt Christopher; Little Brown and Co., 2003

A biography of the Seattle Mariners hitting and fielding star who won the MVP and Rookie of the Year Award in 2001; pb $4.99

 

A Child in Prison Camp

By Shizuye Takashima; Tundra Books, 1971

In December 1941, 22,000 men, women, and children of Japanese origin were living in Canada's west coast; they spent the next three years in internment camps; Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Medal as Best Illustrated Book of the Year; Top 100 Canadian Children's Books List; Sankei Shimbun Literary Award, Tokyo; pb $7.95

 

Children of the Relocation Camp

By Catherine A. Welch; Lerner Publications, 2000; Age 9+; LB $22.60

 

The Children of Topaz - The Story of a Japanese American Internment Camp Based on a Classroom Diary

By Michael O. Tunnell, George W. Chilcoat; Holiday House, 1996

Age 10+; HC $19.95

 

China's Son:  Growing Up In The Cultural  Revolution

By Da Chen; Random House, 2001

An adaptation from the author's Colors of the Mountain; the grandson of a landlord, Da Chen found he and his family were outcasts in Communist China; although Da was an excellent student, a teacher told him that he could never be more than a poor farmer because of his family's crimes; Age 12+; HC $15.95; pb $8.95

 

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Chinese Cinderella - The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

By Adeline Yen Mah; Random House, 1999

ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1999; Age 12+; HC $16.95; pb $5.99

 

The Emperor's Silent Army:  Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China

By Jane O'Connor; Penguin Putnam Books, 2002

Describes the archaeological discovery of thousands of life-sized terracotta warrior statues in northern China in 1974; discusses the emperor who had them created; HC $17.99

 

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Farewell to Manzanar

By Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston; Bantam Books, 1973/ Houghton Mifflin Co hardcover edition, 2002

The true story of one spirited Japanese American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention; Age 12+; HC $15.00; pb $6.50

 

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Fighting For Honor:  Japanese Americans and World War II

By Michael L. Cooper; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000

Examines the history of Japanese in the United States, focusing on their treatment during WWII, including the distinguished service of Japanese Americans in the U.S. military; with bibliographical references; HC $16.00

 

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The Girl With The White Flag

By Tomiko Higa; translated by Dorothy Britton; Kodansha, 1991

Separated from her family in the confusion and horror of WWII, Tomiko Higa tells her own story of survival on the battlefields of Okinawa, Japan; ALA Book for Reluctant YA Readers; pb $11.95

 

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Haiku (Asian Arts & Crafts For Creative Kids series)

By Patricia Donegan; Tuttle Publishing, 2003

Introduces haiku, explores the seven keys to writing haiku, and provides instructions for five haiku projects including creating haiga, or illustrated haiku; HC $12.95

 

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By Fiona Macdonald; illustrated by John James; National Geographic, 2005

Imagine you are living in Japan 400 years ago, and you want to be a samurai warrior; learn about the skills you will need and duties you will have; Age 7+; HC $14.95; pb $5.95

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Ikebana (Asian Arts & Crafts For Creative Kids series)

By Shozo Sato; Tuttle Publishing, 2004

This colorful and easy-to-follow guide discusses the history of Japanese flower arrangement and will walk you through ten different ikebana projects in various styles; HC $12.95

 

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An Illustrated History of Japan

Text and Illustrations by Shigeo Nishimura; Tuttle Publishing, 2005 

Sweeping color illustrations depict daily lives in various eras of Japan's history; with brief text; Age 9+; HC $19.95

 

Japan (Cultures of the World series)

By Rex Shelley, Teo Chuu Yong, Russell Mok; Marshall Cavendish, second edition, 2002

Includes bibliographical references and index; LB $35.00

 

Japan (A World of Recipes)

By Julie McCulloch; Heinemann, 2001

This cookbook for kids includes easy-to-follow recipes, information about ingredients, food customs, and preparation techniques including safety tips; with bibliographical references and index; pb $7.95

 

Japan:  In The Days of the Samurai

By Virginia Schomp; Marshall Cavendish Corp., 2002

Describes the Japanese way of life during the samurai era including information about the politics, military, culture, and belief system; also indicates the legacy of the period; includes bibliographical references and index; Age 10+; HC $28.50

 

The Japanese Americans

By Harry Kitano; Chelsea House Publishing, 1995

Ages 9-12; LB $19.95, pb $9.95

 

The Japanese In America

By Noel L. Leathers; Lerner Publications, 1991; Ages 10+; pb $5.95

 

The Journey - Japanese Americans, Racism, and Renewal

Painting and text by Sheila Hamanaka; Orchard Books, 1990

Text and photographed details of a mural depict the history of the Japanese people in America; HC $19.95; pb $8.95

 

Journey Through Japan

By Richard Tames; Troll Associates, 1991

An introduction to the history, geography, culture, and people of Japan; includes a chart of key facts and information on the population, education, and industry; pb $4.95

 

Korematsu v. United States:  Japanese-American Internment Camps (Landmark Supreme Court Cases)

By Karen Alonso; Enslow Publishers, Inc., 1998

Profiles the case of Fred Korematsu, who sought compensation from the American government for his time spent in a Japanese-American internment camp during WWII; includes bibliographical references and index; LB $20.95

 

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Make It Work!  Japan

By Andrew Haslam and Clare Doran; Two-Can Publishing, 1995

The hands-on approach to history and culture; with glossary; HC $14.95; pb $7.95

 

The Martial Arts Book

By Laura Scandiffio; art by Nicolas Debon; Annick Press Ltd., 2003

Presents an overview of the various martial art forms including history and philosophy; with index and glossary; Age 8+; pb $9.95

 

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Nature Art with Chiura Obata

By Michael Elsohn Ross; illustrations by Wendy Smith; Lerner Publishing, 2000

Describes the life and work of nature artist, Japanese American Chiura Obata; includes tips on how readers can make their own nature art; HC $20.00

 

Nikkei Donburi:  A Japanese American Cultural Survival Guide

By Chris Aihara; Polychrome Publishing Corp., 1999

Designed for families and educational settings, includes art and crafts, traditional recipes, activities, explanations, and information structured around the four seasons; pb $18.95

 

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One Thousand Paper Cranes:  The Story of Sadako and The Children's Peace Statue

By Takayuki Ishii; Random House, 2001; Age 12+; pb $4.99

 

Our Burden of Shame:  Japanese-American Internment During World War II

By Susan Sinnott; Franklin Watts, 1995

Includes bibliographical references and index; Age 9+; Library Bound $11.50 (50% off $23.00 list retail); limited quantity available

 

Remembering Manzanar:  Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp

By Michael L. Cooper; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002

Uses firsthand accounts, oral histories, and essays from school newspapers and yearbooks to tell the story of the Japanese Americans who were sent to live in government-run internment camps during WWII; includes bibliographical references and index; HC $15.00

 

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By Arlan Dean; Scholastic, 2005

Includes color photographs and illustrations; with bibliographical references and index; pb $6.95

 

A Samurai Castle (Inside Story Series)

By Fiona Macdonald, John Jes, David Antram; Peter Bedrick Books, 1995

Traces the history of the samurai castles of medieval Japan with information on the role of samurai, shogun, and women in feudal Japanese society, on religious beliefs, and on arms and armor of the period; HC $18.95

 

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Shipwrecked!  The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy

By Rhoda Blumberg; HarperCollins, 2001

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four fishing companions castaways, fourteen-year-old Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to come to the United States; Age 8+; HC $16.95

limited supply of "remaindered" copies available for $9.00; see Bargain Table ! for details.

 

The Story of Karate-- From Buddhism to Bruce Lee

By Luana Metil and Jace Townsend; Lerner Publications, 1997

Includes glossary and index; a New York Library Book for the Teen Age; A Society of School Librarians International Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Book; pb $9.95

 

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Swords and Samurai:  The Ancient Warrior Cultures of the East

By Philip Steele and Fiona MacDonald; Anness Publishing, Ltd., 2004

Previously published in two separate volumes-- Step Into The Chinese Empire and Step Into Ancient Japan; 30 step-by-step projects to recreate historic China and Japan; pb $17.99

 

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Tea Ceremony (Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids series)

By Shozo Sato; Tuttle Publishing, 2005

Full-color instructions to learn all steps in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony; includes five projects to explore the steps necessary to perform and enjoy a tea ceremony with family and friends; with glossary and resources information; HC $12.95

 

This Place is Crowded - Japan (Imagine Living Here)

By Vicki Cobb; illustrations by Barbara Lavallee; Walker and Co., 1992

Describes transportation, education, home life, holidays, etc.; Ages 9+; pb $7.95

 

Voices From The Camps; Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II

By Larry Dane Brimner; Franklin Watts, 1994

Includes bibliographical references and index; out of print; limited quantity available; Library Binding $12.50 (50% off $25.00 list retail)

 

When Justice Failed:  The Fred Korematsu Story

By Steven A. Chin; illustrated by David Tamura; Raintree/Steck-Vaughn, 1995

Relates the life and experiences of the Japanese American who defied the order of internment during WWII and took his case as far as the Supreme Court; Age 8+; pb $6.90

 

The Winning Attitude!  What It Takes To Be A Champion

By Michelle Kwan; Hyperion, 1999

Age 10+; pb $4.99

 

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