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When the Cherry Blossoms Fell: A Cherry Blossom Book

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Nine-year-old Michiko Minagawa bids her father good-bye before her birthday celebration. She doesn't know the government has ordered all Japanese-born men out of the province. Ten days later, her family joins hundreds of Japanese-Canadians on a train to the interior of British Columbia. Even though her aunt Sadie jokes about it, they have truly reached the "Land of No". ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Napolean and Co (first published January 1st 2009)
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Yolanda Ridge
Jun 13, 2011 Yolanda Ridge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This book would be great for the classroom. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learned a lot from the main character. I was so happy when
Michiko stood up against the bully in the end.
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Reviewed by Sandra O’Brien

It’s March 1942 and Michiko Minagawa is about to turn nine. Her father, who has never missed her birthday, is late coming home. Then her mother receives a phone call telling her that Michiko’s father has been put in jail. When he returns home, he tells his family that all Japanese men have been ordered out of Vancouver and he is being sent to work in the mountains. Shortly thereafter Michiko and the rest of her family join hundreds of other Japanese-Canadians as they ar
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Mar 04, 2014 Jae Holt rated it liked it
When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, by Jennifer Maruno, is the story of a young Japanese-Canadian girl caught up in the paranoia of World War II. The narration vividly captures the confusion, fear and loss nine-year-old Michiko Minagawa experiences as she tries to understand the events that take her from the home she knows to an unknown and sometimes hostile new place.

This book, although fictionalized, gives profound insight to the hardships endured by many of Japanese descent. Michiko is born in Va
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Sarah
This is on the 2012 Battle of the Books list.
Japanese Internment during World War II is a subject that has really been brought out into the open in literature recently. This book takes the story of 9 year old Michiko, whose parents do not tell her why her dad is sent away or why her family is relocating from their Vancouver home.
I found it interesting that this book was set in Canada. Although I knew about Washington's relocation programs, I had been unaware that British Columbia also used raci
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Leeann
Jul 10, 2014 Leeann rated it liked it
Since childhood I have been aware of Japanese American internment camps but it never occurred to me that a similar fate befell the Japanese living in Canada during World War II. This book sheds light on that event through the experience of one Japanese-Canadian family forced to abandon their home and move inland. The story is told through the eyes of a child; that is, a child at the beginning of the story. It is also a story about the sustaining power of a unified family.
Joy
Dec 20, 2014 Joy rated it liked it
What I like about this book is the way it presents an honest account of the experience of Japanese-Canadians through the eyes of a child. It's a good one to teach younger kids about how people of Japanese descent were treated in North America around the time of Pearl Harbor.
Sara
Apr 30, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
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A wonderful book for elementary schoolers, introducing them to the lives of Japanese-Americans in post Pearl Harbor times.
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Very short story but seems to have been written by a 10 year old. Maybe this is a children's book,
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