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Weedflower
by Cynthia Kadohata

Sumiko worked happily in her family's flower growing business in California when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Being a Japanese American, it was as if the bombs fell on her, too. Her life would never be the same again. Fearing the Japanese who lived within the United States to be an internal threat, the government began to round up, first, those born in Japan, and then, all others with Japanese heritage, regardless if thery were born in America, and regardless of age. Sumiko found herself and her family being uprooted from the only home she had ever known on a flower farm to a relocation center on an Indian Reservation in the Great Sonoran Desert.

Her cousin, Bull had said, "In the world of change, you accept the changes that can't be helped. You suffer so you can learn, and you learn so you can be a better person in your next life."

"And she realized that it had not been freedom that Jiichan came to America for, but the future. And not his future, but hers--the future of his unborn grandchild. That's why he had left Japan. He had loved her even before she was born."

This is her story ... the personal story of the horror of war that seeped in to change and destroy lives in every possible way. It is the story of Sumiko's struggle to make sense of her world and to rebuild with new friends.

Research Links for
Weedflower

Children of the Camps

The Relocation of Japanese Americans
Japanese American War Veterans

Camp Harmony Exhibit

The National World War II Memorial

Timeline of World War II
World War II Radio Broadcasts

The History of World War II

Eyewitness to History

Canteen at North Platte, NE

World War II Internet Connections

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Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

A Unit for Weedflower is a part of a collection of 21 units in
The Ripple Effect.

The Unit Contains:
Ripple Discussion Cards
Crossword Puzzle
Readers’ Theater Script About Prejudice
Multiple Choice Comprehension Pages

Map Activity
Vocabulary
Book Comparisons
Puzzles
Writing Prompts
Song/Summary Writing
and MORE!
PLUS, purchasers have access to a terrific
professionallly recorded song, Faces of Freedom!

World War II was difficult for thousands of American as well as Japanese- American families in the United States.

In 1944, Suzy, Tom, and their Mom waited by the radio for news of Daddy who was stationed on the U.S.S. Lexington. Shortly thereafter, in November, 1944, Daddy was killed in a kamikaze attack on the carrier.

 
 


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