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Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

Baseball Saved Us

by Ken Mochizuki

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Baseball Saved Us is the story of young Japanese-American boy who is sent to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Left with rising frustration and little to do, the families imprisoned in the internment camp turn to baseball to lift their spirits and fill their days. Once released, these families still face lingering intolerance and discrimination. Our young boy, now nicknamed Shorty, is ostracized at school but finds that his improved baseball skills provide in an inroad to overcoming the prejudice unfairly levied against him. Baseball Saved Us addresses a dark time in American history thoughtfully and in a kid-appropriate fashion. ( )
  adrouet | Mar 25, 2019 |
I liked that this book was told in the point of view of a child. It takes place during the event of Pearl Harbor where he spent most of his life interment camps. His father decides build a baseball field to let the time fly by. Playing baseball, he finds that he isn't just playing to win, but to gain self respect. The theme of this story is about finding hope in every situation and teaching children about America around those times. ( )
  rferia | Sep 25, 2018 |
This book tells the story of a young Japanese American boy and his time spent in internment camps. Baseball became children and adults main form of entertainment and gave them a sense of freedom. This story would be great as an introduction to an American history lesson or even a lesson about the American Dream. Students can write about what it means to be an American. Although this book can appeal to students interest I may want to consider some of the language used in the book ("japs") ( )
  BreeRud | Sep 19, 2018 |
Mochizuki tells the story of a family that is forced to live in a Japanese internment camp following Pearl Harbor. The story is told from the perspective of a child that finds refuge in playing baseball.
  mmoga | Aug 15, 2018 |
"Shorty" and his family, along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, have been forced to relocate from their homes to a "camp" after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Fighting the heat, dust, and freezing cold nights of the desert, Shorty and the others at the camp need something to look forward to, even if only for nine innings. So they build a playing field, and in this unlikely place, a baseball league is formed. Surrounded by barbed-wire fences and guards in towers, Shorty soon finds that he is playing not only to win, but to gain dignity and self-respect as well. Inspired by actual events, this moving story of hope and courage in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II reveals a long-hidden and ugly part of the American past.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jul 24, 2018 |
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1.0 out of 5 stars Offensive and stereotypic, with problematic messages., May 5, 1998
By A Customer
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.
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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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Lee & Low Books

4 editions of this book were published by Lee & Low Books.

Editions: 1880000199, 1880000016, 1880000210, 1880000229

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