A Place Where Sunflowers Grow

This story centers on a young Japanese American's quiet confusion in the disorienting surroundings of a desert internment camp. This bilingual story, told in Japanese and English, emphasizes the arts, family and friendship as sources of strength in the face of injustice. Mixed media illustrations rendered in the brown, yellow and golds of both sunflowers and desert, bolster the story's overriding message: Not easily, but with time, patience and care, hope can be fostered in even the harshest circumstances. Winner Books for Younger Children, 2007

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