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Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky

by Sandra Dallas

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"After Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, twelve-year-old Tomi and her Japanese-American family are split up and forced to leave their California home to live in internment camps in New Mexico and Colorado"--
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In 1942 twelve year old Tomi Itano and her family work on their strawberry farm in California. She loves the way the red berries look against the white clouds and blue sky because it reminds her of the flag. She is a second generation Japanese American and couldn’t be more proud to be an American. When Tomi walks to town with her younger brother she is surprised to see a sign in a window proclaiming that Japanese are not allowed. She and her brothers were born in America, and they don’t even speak Japanese. Her father is suspected of being a spy and is taken away in handcuffs, and the fear in her heart becomes very real. Soon Tomi’s mother is selling all their belongings except a few things they will take with them when the government relocates them. Where are they going? They aren’t sure, but they eventually end up in an internment camp with other Japanese families they don’t know in Colorado. Tomi works to have a good attitude and helps her mom make their new home feel a little better. As time stretches on and the family is forced to live in poor conditions apart from the rest of the country, it's harder to be positive. Tomi is confused by the way they're treated and becomes bitter. Will Tomi see her father again? How long with the Itanos and other families need to stay in the internment camp? Will things ever get better? You’ll have to read this book to find out how things turn out for Tomi and her family.


Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas is a wonderful historical fiction book about a family who will tug at your heart. I could relate to Tomi and I felt sad for her when her life changed. I can’t imagine having to go through something like that, and not knowing if her life would ever go back to normal must have been terrifying. I would recommend this book to kids in fourth grade and up who enjoy learning about history. I think a lot of people know about World War II, but so many kids, and I am sure some adults, do not know much about internment camps. We get to see what life was like for a typical family who was forced out of their home and had to live under government supervision. I found myself hoping that good things would come their way and was impressed with their perseverance. We can all learn a lot from history and it is a reminder not to judge people or treat them differently because of their background. I look forward to reading more books about this time in history. ( )
  Robinsonstef | Jul 10, 2019 |
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tomi and her family are sent to an interment camp in Colorado. Her father is arrested as a spy. The family must draw on the strength of their beliefs as they suffer prejudice based on their culture. Tomi considers what being an American truly means as she faces day to day struggles. ( )
  Pfefferk | Apr 23, 2017 |
Everything changes for Tomi, a Japanese American once the attack of Pearl Harbor takes place. Tomi's father is taken from the family and the family is relocated to an internment camp in Colorado. This story follows Tomi's life in camp and how the families worked together to make the best of their relocation. This is a story of love, family, devotion, and war. Wonderful story to teach about history and how life can change in an instant.

Recommended for Middle School. ( )
  SraSpoer | Apr 18, 2017 |
Colorado Book Awards Finalist (Juvenile Literature, 2015)
"After Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, twelve-year-old Tomi and her Japanese-American family are split up and forced to leave their California home to live in internment camps in New Mexico and Colorado"--
  ccsdss | Mar 7, 2016 |
I really enjoyed the characters in this book because they had spirits that could not be broken. This author writes beautiful juvenile fiction and adult fiction. This author did a good job of presenting America in its true form. I thought this quote did a summary of an under theme in this book; "I thought America was pretty good country, until the war came along. Then I learned America isn't for a Japanese man or a Japanese woman. It isn't for Japanese children who are born in America either." Good did come about in the end, but the hardship was present also. ( )
  BrendaKlaassen | Dec 17, 2015 |
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For Forrest and his cousins—Bodi, Alex, and Nicholas
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Tomi stopped just outside the grocery store where her mother always shopped and peered thought the glass in the door's window.
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