Review: Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
Tomi Itano’s parents immigrated from Japan to make a better lives for themselves. Tomi and her brother were born in the US and are as American as apple pie – their parents have taught them to be good citizens and take pride in their country.
Things change for the Itano’s after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Tomi’s father is arrested and held without charges and the rest of the family is sent to a relocation camp in Colorado.
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas is a wonderful historical fiction novel for middle grade readers and I absolutely loved it. It tells the story of Japanese internment camps from the point of view of twelve year old Tomi and I thought her voice felt very authentic.
I loved the way the book pointed out the injustice of the internment camps (Italians and Germans weren’t rounded up) and the resilience and hope of the people in them. Readers also learned that while many people shunned the Japanese and supported the camps there were people who were opposed to them as well.
I think Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky is a fantastic way to introduce young readers to a part of our history that hasn’t been discussed much until the last few years. In light of today’s politics, I think it’s an especially relevant book that will appeal to middle grade readers on up.
I will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.