Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Music for Alice

Music for Alice

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Allen Say
ISBN: 0-618-31118-1
Hardcover Price: $17.00

In what may be his most powerful book to date, Allen Say tells about Alice and her new husband who, along with other west coast Japanese Americans were forced out of their Pacific Coast homes and into "internment" camps all over the country. A US port in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor had just been bombed by the Japanese. Americans were shocked. And frightened. Fear raged from coast to coast. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered everyone of Japanese descent rounded up and imprisoned. It was a horrifying move that seemed an essential one. Innocent lives were ruined, property decimated.

Alice and her husband were moved from the city of Portland to the Oregon desert. Allen Say's art and text are an exquisite telling of undaunted bravery and the grace human beings can achieve.

Diana Huss Green   ©2004 Parents' Choice

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