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Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
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Oct 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, kidlit
Read from October 01 to 17, 2010

This re-telling of a true story about a Japanese boy who was washed out to sea and found more opportunities than his wildest dreams was a great, fast-paced read. My only complaint is that the language of the writing sometimes made it feel a little stilted, as if it was dumbed down a bit for kids. But it wasn't so bad that it got in the way of this remarkable story.

Manjiro had a vivid imagination and was always wondering what lay beyond his home. Through the opportunities presented by his rescue from the sea by an American whaling vessel, Manjiro was able to see the world, learn about navigation, learn English, and become the first Japanese to set foot on American soil. This would be a great companion read with Nathaniel Philbrick's Revenge of the Whale to give readers a sense of the early Americas.

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message 1: by Jen (new)

Jen The town he lived in was where I was first a children's librarian. Fairhaven does TONS of sister-city stuff with the Japanese community Manjiro came from.

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