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In Japan, known as the Land of Morning, a cherry tree grows and is cherished by the local people, who call it the Friendship Tree. A seed from the tree is eventually carried in the kimono sleeve of a bride, and she and her husband settle in a land across the sea called Canada. Here, the seed is planted in the couple's garden. Over the years, the cherry tree sees many chang

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside (first published 2008)
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 25, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: tree lovers, those interested in the fate of North Americans of Japanese ancestry during WWII
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
Wow! I love these illustrations. A few of the paintings are so aesthetically pleasing to me that I wouldn’t mind having them up on my walls, something I don’t normally consider when reading illustrated books.

This historical fiction story is heartbreakingly beautiful. It’s about a girl and her love and subsequent separation (because of World War II and the Canadian policy of driving those of Japanese ancestry from their homes, just as the United States did) from a beloved backyard cherry tree. It
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Zoe
I really liked this book about the relationship between trees and people, in the context of Japanese Americans being uprooted from their homes. The ending contains a reunion and a sense of hope.
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Very simple illustrations and the story was very sweet but quite sad.
Cheryl
Sep 23, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This lovely picture book tells the story of a Japanese-Canadian family. As a result of internment during World War II, the family looses their home and their community is scattered separating Naomi from her precious cherry tree. This book would be a great addition to a text set on World War II or Japanese Internment.

Realistic Fiction; 2008
Jo
Gorgeous illustrations and a beautifully written story. <3

What a cheery, cherry tree you are.
What a beautiful tree you are, you are.
Meaghan
May 15, 2009 Meaghan rated it really liked it
Books about trees are always tearjerkers. Why is that?
Vandy
beautifully written and elegantly illustrated.
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Joy Kogawa was born in Vancouver in 1935 to Japanese-Canadian parents. During WWII, Joy and her family were forced to move to Slocan, British Columbia, an injustice Kogawa addresses in her 1981 novel, Obasan. Kogawa has worked to educate Canadians about the history of Japanese Canadians and she was active in the fight for official governmental redress.

Kogawa studied at the University of Alberta a
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