Flowers From Mariko

By Bayviews

(Bayviews, Association of Children’s Librarians) Young Mariko describes the difficult transition she and her family endure from Japanese internment camp back to society. The events are explained simply, but they are embedded with sadness, warmth, and information regarding the Resettlement Years for Japanese-Americans. Additional historical facts are provided in the author’s note at the end of the book. The striking, urbane illustrations have the feel of two-dimensional murals but are complemented by realistic textile patterns and shadowing effects. There is a great deal readers can absorb, ponder, and discuss with peers.