Heart of a Samurai
In 1841, a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Japan’s borders remain closed to all Western nations, so the crew sets off to America, learning English on the way.
Manjiro, a fourteen-year-old boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about...more
I just finished reading my fifth book in English this year and it's "Heart of A Samurai". It's a story about John Manjiro who landed in the States as the first Japanese person. It was so interesting for me to read the book because I could learn history both of America and Japan.
Manjiro was born in a poor family as a fisherman's son. He started working for his family since he was 8 years old. He didn't get any chance to go to school. When he was 14 years old, som ...more
Now, me, I've always been a sucker for a well-written "fish out of water" story, and that's exactly what this is. A young Japanese fisherman gets shipwrecked in the 1840's and is rescued by an American whaling boat. He ...more
Although Heart of a Samurai didn’t deal with the Samurai aspect as much as I’d hope for, it concentrated on something better. Going after what you want and believing in yourself even when no one else does. Seeing the main character struggle for so long to go after a goal, as well as see the results (whether good or bad) was a huge ...more
In Heart of a Samurai, Margi Preus tells a fictionalized story of Manjiro, a Japanese teen who, with four fishing companions, became shipwrecked on a rocky island and was rescued by an American whaling ship in the mid-1800's. Save for the addition of a couple of characters and some little details, the story is mostly true. Manjiro journeys to America as the adopted son of Captain Whitfield, learns English, and gains knowledge of American life and seafaring. He goes on to play a ...more
The book is well-designed; it captures the feeling of another time, another place. Some of Mung's illustrations are used to illustrate the text.
If I could get my father to read this book, I think he'd enjoy it.
Preus is to be commended for t ...more
I picked this up in the library (though I have been meaning to r ...more
Not to say that it is too old-fashioned. I think this book is good enough and fast-paced enough to be interesting to modern children. I know kids in my classes would have enjoyed it if they'd been forced to re ...more
The author of Heart of a Samurai seemed to face a similar challenge as Pam Munoz Ryan, the author of Riding Freedom: a long, complicated life to dramatize but a minimum amount ...more
I really liked this book and how Preus explores prejudice an ...more
The book is smoo ...more
Heart of a Samurai is historical fiction, or maybe I should say historical/biographical fiction since the author noted that it is based on the life of a real person, real events, and a real time in history. One of the things tha ...more
This was such a nice read.
I loved the writing, the way the author described the surroundings and the characters.
The plot was interesting, there was a moment i felt like it made no point to the story, but i end up enjoying this book so much.
It's 1841 and Japan is the greatest country in the world, so they say. Stories are told of the horrible beasts that inhabit the West. When Manjiro and his fellow fishermen are swept out to sea in a great ...more
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, published in 2010, is an historical fiction book told in first person perspective of fourteen year old boy, Manjiro. This book has mostly a sad tone because of all the things that happened to Manjiro to tear him away from his family. This takes place in multiple places including Japan, America, Island, and on a ship ( The John Howland ). Manjiro and his friends get swept away on a fishing boat and end up stranded on an island for a while. They are left there wi ...more
Heart of a Samurai is based on the true story of a Japanese man named Manjiro. From what I gathered after reading the historical note in the back of the book, Preus has accurately followed the general outline of Manjiro's story very well, altho ...more
One way to use this book in the classroom is during a science lesson about ocean animals. Because of the prominence of whaling in this story, students can ...more
Historical fiction about John Manjiro the first Japanese person to come to America via a whaling vessel. Age 14, he sets off for adventure from Japan - gets shipwrecked on a small island ...more