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The Bracelet

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Emi is sent with her family to an internment camp, and the bracelet from her best friend is the only reminder of their friendship.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 14th 1993 by Philomel Books (first published 1993)
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Jami Butts
Nov 20, 2011 Jami Butts rated it it was amazing
Summary: The historical fiction book "The Bracelet" is about a seven year old girl named Emi in the year 1942 who is being sent from her home in Berkeley, California to an internment camp with her mother and older sister. Her father was arrested earlier and sent to a different camp in Montana. She was crammed together into stables at a race track with other Japanese-American families and was living under horrible and rough conditions. Emi realizes that she has lost the bracelet that her best fri ...more
The Bracelet tells about the sadness a young girl named Emi feels when she learns her family is being sent to a prison camp for Japanese-Americans. Emi's friend Laurie brings her a going away present. It is a gold bracelet with a heart charm. She loves it instantly and vows to never take it off. Emi's family arrives at the camp and is assigned to a filthy barrack that used to be a horse stable. Emi later realizes she has lost her bracelet. She felt it was the only way to remember her friend Lau ...more
Katherine Roush
Nov 29, 2015 Katherine Roush rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Genre: Juvenile fiction, picture book, historical fiction
Format: Print
Plot: Emi, a Japanese-American child living in Berkeley, is sent to internment camps during WWII.
Readers advisory:
Review citation: SLJ 1993
Source: Best Books for Children
Recommended age: 6-10
Uchida, Yoshiko, and Joanna Yardley. The Bracelet. New York: Philomel, 1993. Print.
Summary: This is the very sweet but sad story of Emi, a young Japanese American girl who is sent to an internment camp with her family during WWII. Her father, who has been in the U.S. for almost 20 years, has been sent to a prisoner of war camp because he worked for a Japanese company. Just before her family was about to leave the house, her friend Laurie Madison shows up to give her a bracelet to take to camp. T
Oct 24, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
"The Bracelet" is a great way to teach students about internment camps during World War II. In this book, we follow Emi, a Japanese American, as her family leaves their home and travels to an internment camp. Readers experience the betrayal that Emi feels--she loves her country, but her country does not love her back. "The Bracelet" not only teaches about the history and injustice of internment camps, but also teaches a valuable lesson about friendship and love. When Emi loses the bracelet that ...more
Ryn Lewis
Oct 23, 2015 Ryn Lewis rated it really liked it
I use this book every year to open a unit with third grade on Japan and the Japanese-American internment during World War II. It is a wonderful and moving introduction to a lesser-known aspect of WWII and of racial injustice in America. It also is, I think, a better way to broach racial prejudice and institutionalized injustice with young children than focusing on Germany and the Holocaust, which is much more brutal.

The book is written in clear, simple terms, easy for children in second or thir
Marinna Bressel
Emi and her family are being sent to a internment camp during World War II, because of presidencies against Japanese Americans. Her best friend is sad to see her have to go and gives her a bracelet to remember her by. Emi always touching her bracelet to think of her friend. One day she losses the bracelet and is sad because is scared she might forget her friend, but then she realizes that her friend is always with her and there memories will keep them close.
There are many critical issues that we
Anna Kozlowska
Nov 15, 2015 Anna Kozlowska rated it it was amazing
This is one of my historical fiction picture books. “The Bracelet” by Yoshiko Uchida and Joanna Yardley tells a story of Emi and her family living during World War II during the outbreak of war with Japan and the United States. Emi gets a beautiful thin gold chain bracelet with a heart dangling on it from her childhood friend Laurie. Unfortunately, during the family’s journey to the abandoned Tanforan Racetracks, Emi unexpectedly notices that she lost her friend’s bracelet. While, Emi feels upse ...more
Charmie McKinney
Mar 07, 2014 Charmie McKinney rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchida and JoannaYardley

The story is a narrative of a Japanese-American girl, Emi, whose family was sent from San Francisco to a prison camp shortly after the start of World War II. Her entire world was totally changed after the United Stated entered the War after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. The U.S. Government took the view that Japanese-Americans could not be "Loyal Americans", therefore causing their imprisonment and the basis for her story. Emi descri
Tammy J
Nov 06, 2015 Tammy J rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-fic
This book was a recommendation in our textbook. I saw it in the library while I was browsing and figured I would take a look at it. This book, just the cover alone, would be a great prediction book. This book is about Emi and her family who are sent to a prison camp because of their race being Japanese-American. Just because they looked like an enemy they were treated like one. How sad is it that we once lived in a time where such segregation was occurring. It is such a sad story, I cried while ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it
Perhaps because my older daughter is the age of the main character, this story was moving to me. It seems like it would be a good introduction to the story of the internment camps, and at least provided me an opportunity to talk with my daughter about what happened to our family.
Mar 12, 2016 America rated it really liked it
I grew up reading this story. I live 20 minutes away from Tanforan, which is now a busy mall. There is, of course, a statue of a horse. But nobody thinks about the fact that an internment camp meant to collect Japanese before sending them off across the country existed there. I feel this should be on every elementary school teacher's shelf, especially in the Bay Area. We need to remember what happened. I can't remember the story clearly now, because it has been so long, but I remember being hear ...more
Ladeja Slaughter
Oct 11, 2015 Ladeja Slaughter rated it really liked it
This story is about a little girl named Ruri and her mother and older sister living in California during World War II. Because of the war they are taken to a Japanese internment camp. "The crazy thing about the whole evacu- ation was that we were all loyal Americans. Most of us were citizens because we had been born here." Ruri didn't understand why they were being taken away from their home because she felt as though she was an American citizen even though she had a Japanese face. The story doe ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Shelli rated it really liked it
Emi, a young Japanese American girl, is sent with her family to an internment camp after the United States entered World War II. With her she brings a bracelet from her best friend Laurie as the only reminder of their friendship, or is it? This touching read shows that our memories remain when objects have gone and the friendships we formed will always stay in our hearts. The only negative I can say about this sweet book was it left me hanging, wishing to know how everything turned out for Emi a ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 24, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is a children's book about the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during WWII. It consists of text and artwork.

It starts out with the main character being Emi. The story says that she and her family are being sent to a “prison camp.” Her father, a Japanese businessman, was being sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Emi and the others are sent to the Tanforan racetrack assembly camp. At the camp they are housed in used horse stalls.

The story then tells a little about how they fixed up
Lindy Groth
Upper Elementary # 13 - Emi and her family are sent to live in an internment camp during WWII because they are Japanese. Her father is jailed because he worked for a Japanese company. Her friend, Laurie, comes to give her a bracelet and say goodbye. In the travels, Emi loses the bracelet. As she is unpacking at the camp, she realizes she doesn't need the bracelet to remember Laurie. There is an afterword in the book discussing the non-fiction aspects of this story and the Japanese internment cam ...more
(NS) Panagiota Angelos
Sep 27, 2009 (NS) Panagiota Angelos rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 2-6
Shelves: multicultural
I choose to read this book because it was used as a benchmark for our students at my previous elementary school. Every year I saw the book used in classrooms and finally I found the perfect opportunity to read it. Written in 1993, Yoshiko Uchida's The Bracelet is a story set during World War II. Emi is a young girl who is forced to leave her home and most of her belongings and placed in a prison camp for Japanese-Americans because America is at war with Japan. Before being sent off to the prison ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This is truly an excellent book about WWII Japanese-American internment camps. It's depressing, as any book on this subject is bound to be, but it does a nice job of describing the circumstances of the experience through the eyes of a second grade child. That said, the audience for this book is probably not second grade simply because the writing would go over a lot of their heads. However, for an older classroom, this would definitely do the trick. It brought me down because the internment camp ...more
Chris Maynard
Student Name: Chris Maynard

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: Picture Book (Wide Reading Project)

Grade Level: Intermediate

Subjects/Themes: See the bookshelves above.

School Use: Great application in a social studies classroom, particularly when talking about life on the U.S. home front during World War II. However, The Bracelet should just not be pigeonholed in terms of being used for teaching American history as its many themes of friendship, separation, longing, etc. and serious subject matter
Nov 20, 2012 Callie added it
Grade/interest level: Primary (K-2)
Reading level: Fountas-Pinnell R/Lexile 710L
Genre: Historical Fiction/Multicultural

Main Characters: Emi
Setting: California/WWII Japanese Internment Camp
POV: First person

This is the story of a young Japanese girl, Emi, who is forced to leave her home in California during World War II. Before she leaves, Emi’s best friend gives her a bracelet to remember her by. Emi loses the bracelet as soon as she moves and is worried that that will mean she will not h
Stephanie Linton
Overall: Lovely picture book about the Japanese American internment camps following the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. The illustrations are beautiful that depict a realistic image of what Japanese Americans looked like. No stereotyped images or language is used in the book. Yoshiko Uchido does a fine job in telling the story from the perspective of a young girl.


1) Illustrations--very lovely paintings that do not present a stereotyped image of Japanese people. Artist Joanna Y
Beatriz Gonzalez
This story had the most interesting illustrations because the illustrator had permission from an actual Japanese family to gain inspiration on his images used for the story. This gives the book a more real ness feeling. The images gives insight to the reader of what a real Japanese home would have looked like in that time and also what an interment camp might have looked like.
In this story we follow a young girl, Emi, who happens to be Japanese in the time when the United States were in a war w
Mar 08, 2016 Lindy added it
Upper Elementary - Emi and her family are sent to live in an internment camp during WWII because they are Japanese. Her father is jailed because he worked for a Japanese company. Her friend, Laurie, comes to give her a bracelet and say goodbye. In the travels, Emi loses the bracelet. As she is unpacking at the camp, she realizes she doesn't need the bracelet to remember Laurie. There is an afterword in the book discussing the non-fiction aspects of this story and the Japanese internment camps.
Marissa Pezzullo
Apr 08, 2015 Marissa Pezzullo rated it it was amazing
This book was about a little girl who lived during world war 2 and faced the Japanese internment camps. She had a best friend who gave her a bracelet so she would not forget her. Through the book she realizes that she lost the bracelet, but doesn't need it to remember her best friend. This would be a good book to show the children from a child's perspective what it was like then.
Seven-year-old Emi and her family are sent to an internment camp for Japanese during WWII, and she is understandably anxious about leaving all that is familiar to her. The gift of a bracelet from her best friend Laurie helps her have hope that things will return to normal. But she loses the bracelet once the family is moved to Tanforan Racetracks where they must live in horse stalls. After being unable to find the bracelet, Emi's mother reminds her that she doesn't need the bracelet to remember ...more
Jul 16, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
A children's story of how the Japanese-Americans living in California were uprooted from their homes and imprisoned first in the horse stalls of an abandoned race track and then moved to the Topaz Internment Camp in the deserts of Delta, Utah during WWII - as told through the eyes of a 7-year old girl.

Jun 01, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2011, picture
I read this picture book because it was mentioned in Steve Kluger's YA novel, My Most Excellent Year, as being very important to one of the main characters.

Emi, a Japanese American child living during World War II, is sent to an internment camp with her mother and sister. Uchida spells out why Japanese citizens were sent to the camps and why this was unfair. Before she leaves, Emi's friend Lauri gives her a gold bracelet. Once Emi's family arrives at the camp, they discover that the camp is awf
Nichole Perez
May 03, 2012 Nichole Perez rated it really liked it

This is such a powerful historical read! At first, I was unsure about the book because of the title. But, I once I began to read the book, I instantly wanted to read more. The book tugged at many different emotions within myself. I felt as if I was actually living within the time period of the book! I never cry when I read books, yet this book is so packed with emotions, that I actually cried!

I thought the book was a little edgy for students because of the content that was being offered. Theref
Chang-ryung Han
Sep 26, 2014 Chang-ryung Han rated it did not like it
I believe that this book was written to sympathize Japanese people as a whole, taking advantage of the special status of a Japanese American girl. Who else do not feel pity for a girl who was put into an prison camp? The author is very cunning.
Apr 11, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it
This book is alright but the moral is still decent. I like the fact that the girl learns that a physical object is not needed to remember the love and memory of those she loves. I would like to use this book to inspire some writing ideas to my students. I would like to see if they have had the same experiences as this girl had.
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Yoshiko, born on November 24, 1921, was the second daughter of Japanese immigrant parents Takashi and Iku. Her father worked as a businessman for Mitsui and Company in San Francisco, and Iku wrote poetry, passing along her love of literature to her girls. Though the Great Depression raged, the Uchida family enjoyed comforts because of Takashi's well-paying job and their own frugality. Yoshiko love ...more
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