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Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

Baseball Saved Us

by Ken Mochizuki

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Baseball Saved Us is a book about a young name called Shorty and his family who now live at a camp due to the Pearl Harbor attack. He begins to play baseball to try an change to mood for everyone around. But he is not only playing the game to win but to gain glory and confidence. This book is great for readers to see how this child takes a bad situation and turns it into something good and fun. ( )
  emmmyjane | Oct 18, 2017 |
When all the Japanese families are kicked out of their home and forced to live in internment camps, they must find ways to give their lives meaning. See how one family, and boy in particular, use baseball to connect them to humanity in a world that is trying to take it away from them.
  Lilly.Reid | Aug 2, 2017 |
Fantastic book discussing a piece of American history that many do not know about. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps out west, the government claims to have done this to determine their loyalty to our country. To pass the time in camp, Shorty learns to play baseball and plays really well. ( )
  librarybird08 | Jul 8, 2017 |
A story about finding hope and resilience for Japanese Americans in internment camps. Gives a glimpse of what it was like to go into an internment camp and then reintegrating in society after. ( )
  rebeccaperez | Apr 29, 2017 |
Shorty, a Japanese American, and his family were placed in a Japanese internment camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during WWII. Shorty's father helped form a baseball team inside the camp as a way to help pass the time- as well as giving people a sense of purpose and hope in life. Shorty talks about what he experienced inside the camp, and what he experienced after his family was set free. Although they were no real threat to society, he was still discriminated against and called degrading terms. The story ends on a high-note with Shorty being celebrated by his teammates after hitting a homerun.

This book can be used during a unit on WWII. Students can compare the experiences of Japanese Americans to those in European Camps. ( )
  JessicaGarcia6 | Apr 20, 2017 |
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1.0 out of 5 stars Offensive and stereotypic, with problematic messages., May 5, 1998
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This review is from: Baseball Saved Us (Hardcover)
The book starts out well. As a Japanese American teacher (retired) who was interned, however, I was very troubled by the stereotypic name ("Shorty") given to the protagonist; boys in camp had lots of nicknames--why select one that reinforces negative images? Was also disturbed by the boy's motivation, anger at the white camp guard, because it sends a poor message to young readers that they need anger at someone who was doing his job to motivate them. Most of the boys playing ball in camp played for love of the game, out of boredom, or someother reason but if they tried to do well it wasn't out of anger. Last, and most problematic, is the ending where after the war, Shorty is playing baseball and being called different racist names. Then he hits a home run and suddenly everyone loves him. The book never explains why calling people racist names is a bad thing. What if Shorty (like many children) couldn't hit a home run? The underlying message seems to be that if you assimilate enough into white culture (hit a home run) all your problems with racism will be solved. That's unrealistic and for those of us who have lived with racism, highly offensive. It's clear to me that the young man who wrote the book meant well but clearly he did not live through the war and has not thought these things out. Was told the book got some awards, and am most concerned that readers wouldn't see the inherent problems with the book. Baseball didn't save anybody.
added by colebl | editAmazon Customer Review, "A Customer"
Grade 1-4–During World War II the author's parents were sent to an internment camp in Idaho. That family history led to this poignant story about a young Japanese-American boy in an internment camp and the baseball diamond that gave the internees a purpose in life and a way of passing the time. The young boy's triumph in a game played while in captivity helps him when he returns home and continues his baseball career. The baseball heading over the fence on the last page tugs at the heart of readers as it symbolizes freedom lost, and regained. Author Ken Mochizuki reads his award-winning book (Lee & Low, 1993). There is some soft background music, and a few gentle sound effects, but the power of the words need little embellishment. Young students will be made aware of the overt racism Japanese-Americans faced during this period of history. This treasure of a book is well-treated in this format.
added by Dpadelsky | editSchool Library Journal, Teresa Bateman
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During World War II, a young Japanese-American boy and his family are sent to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Despondent in their desolate surroundings, father and son pull the camp together to build a baseball diamond and form a league. Grades 1-4.
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A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over.

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