Academic journal article Language Arts

Fish for Jimmy

Academic journal article Language Arts

Fish for Jimmy

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Fish for Jimmy Written and illustrated by Katie Yamasaki Holiday House, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-8234-2375-0

Jimmy and his brother Taro live a normal, happy life in California with their parents, the owners of a vegetable market. Their parents had moved there from Japan in the hopes of having a better life. However, all of this changes when Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese in December of 1941. One day three FBI agents arrive at the home and take their father away to prison because "he posed a threat to America." Soon after, Jimmy and the rest of his family are also taken away to an internment camp. While at the camp, Jimmy is so disillusioned over their mistreatment that he stops eating, making the rest of his family worry about his health and wellbeing. He misses the "good rice and noodles, fresh vegetables and fish" that his mother used to cook in their kitchen back home.

One night Taro slips away from the camp and discovers a black pool of water where he is able to catch seven fish. …

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