Asian Heritage Month with Books
Selene S. Vasquez
Book: Ages 8 Thru 12
Coolies by Yin. Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet.
(Philomel, 40 pp., $16.99).
Two Chinese brothers undertake an arduous voyage across the Pacific
Ocean to work on the transcontinental railroad of mid-nineteenth
century America. Grand scale watercolor artwork offers cinematic
drama to this immigrant story of labor and strife.
Tales: Ages 8 Thru 12
The Serpent Slayer and Other Stories of Strong Women by
Katrin Tchana. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. (Little, Brown
and Co., 113 pp., $21.95).
Eighteen folk tales featuring swashbuckling heroines with a queen-size
dose of feminine courage, strength, and brilliant wit. Electrifying
artwork boosts the energy and sheer poetry of these non-wimpy
Ages 8 Thru 10
Basho and the Fox by Tim Myers. Illustrated by Oki S. Han.
(Cavendish, 32 pp., $15.95).
Believing itself a better poet than humans, a fox offers the seventeenth-century
Japanese poet, Basho all the cherries from a nearby tree if he
can write one good haiku. The imagery of nature in this fictionalized
biography is reminiscent of the elegant simplicity of this ancient
form of poetry.
Ages 12 And Up
Fighting for Honor: Japanese Americans and World War II.
(Clarion, 118 pp., $16.00).
An eye-opening account of Japanese-American soldiers’ courageous
war feats to prove their loyalty to the United States at the height
of anti-Japanese sentiment. The plight of their internment is
clearly explained with a map, chronology, and bibliography listing
additional books, videos, and web sites on this sensitive topic.
S. Vasquez is a media specialist at Orange Brook Elementary School
in Hollywood, Florida. She is formerly a children’s librarian
for the New York Public Library.
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