Baseball Saved Us

By Maw Books

Baseball Saved Us is a wonderful picture book for younger readers to introduce them to a part of American history, particularly the relocation of Japanese Americans from their homes to internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II. . . . Ken Mochizuki does an excellent job showing why the Japanese were sent to internment camps, what life was like there, their attitudes towards themselves and their fellow Americans, as well as the difficult transition when they returned home. As always, the illustrations by Dom Lee are wonderful. Still mostly monochromatic, there is color in Baseball Saved Us, unlike most of Dom Lee’s other books. The illustrations inside the camp were more bleak in color and the illustrations outside the camp were more vibrant in color. A great comparison between the ‘outside world’ and the camps. — Maw Books