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Naomi's RoadAdersPraise from Publishers Weekly Kogawa who wrote the adult book Obasan begins this with a letter to children explaining the background for Naomi's story that Canada was at war with Japan and so all Japanese Canadians were placed in internment camps Naomi's point of view is singularly childlike for her war means missing her parents and not understanding why another girl Mitzi dislikes her This is not a novel that bears malice for the injustices of the war but relates instead a tale of unuenchable human spirit undaunted by prejudice and unable to let go of hope. good storyshort stories about Japanese Canadian internment during WW2 short self contained chapters maybe too slowshort of action for younger readers children may not understand the subtleties of the story good for a class read aloud where each issue could be further discussed and explored gr 4 reading level gr 4 7 interest level
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F the injustice of war and the government's treatment of Japanese Canadian citizens both during and well after World War IIThis new edition is based on an expanded version of the story published in Japan In it Kogawa brings in of the extended family and answers the uestion so often asked by fans of the original book What happened to Naomi's mother With a historical note and a new ending cover and interior drawings by popular children's illustrator Ruth Ohi this book will be an absolute must for owners of the original as well as a whole new generation of young re. Canadian author Joy Kogawa's classic children's novel 'Naomi's Road' is a perhaps too subtle and gentle indictment of the injustice of war and the government's treatment of Japanese Canadian citizens But it did reveal to me that Canada's evacuation of its west coast citizens of Japanese ancestry was even cruel than our own Families were separated the internees were issued 'criminal' identification cards their property confiscated and sold to pay for their internment and even after World War II ended they were not allowed to return to the west coast of Canada until 1949 Moreover gentle Canada earned the distinction of being the only democratic country to deport its own citizens who were guilty of no crime when in 1946 the Canadian Government deported 4000 Japanese Canadians to Japan than half of whom were NATIVE BORN CANADIANSRecommendation I'll climb down from my anti government soapbox now so you can go read 'Naomi's Road'
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FREE DOWNLOAD Â Naomi's Road Ù A brand new edition of a children's classicFirst published to critical acclaim in 1986 Naomi's Road is the story of a girl whose Japanese Canadian family is uprooted during the Second World War Separated from their parents Naomi and her brother Stephen are sent to an internment camp in the interior of British Columbia ForA brand new edition of a children's classicFirst published to critical acclaim in 1986 Naomi's Road is the story of a girl whose Japanese Canadian family is uprooted during the Second World War Separated from their parents Naomi and her brother Stephen are sent to an internment camp in the interior of British Columbia For the young girl growing up war only means that she can no longer return to her home in Vancouver or see her parents Told from a child's point of view and without a trace of anger or malice Naomi's Road has been praised as a powerful indictment o. This is a children's adaptation of the author's novel Obasan The story tells of the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II an event similar to that which occurred in the United States Told from the point of view of a young child Naomi whose father is taken away and whose family is removed from their home and taken to a shack in the mountains the account is spare and simple Naomi does not seem to know the reasons behind what is happening to her most of the time throughout the story a fact which didn't uite ring true to me Kogawa may have been trying to portray the innocence of children against the injustice of the time but I frankly don't think most children in that situation were that innocent People were crowded in close uarters and conversations could easily be overheard Kids talk and surely the situation might have been discussed in school I found Naomi a bit too naive to be believed I also found that because the account was so spare and simple I was unable to connect with it emotionally I couldn't get into the character Nevertheless the book was interesting to me because I had never read anything about how the Japanese were treated in Canada during World War II I think however that I'll read the Obasan for a in depth look