Publisher description for A place where sunflowers grow = Sabaku ni saita himawari / story by Amy Lee-Tai ; illustrations by Felicia Hoshino ; [Japanese translation, Marc Akio Lee].


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Under the harsh summer sun, Mari’s art class has begun. But it’s hard to think of anything to draw in a place where nothing beautiful grows — especially a place like Topaz, the internment camp where Mari’s family and thousands of other Japanese Americans have been sent to live during World War II. Somehow, glimmers of hope begin to surface — in the eyes of a kindly art teacher, in the tender words of Mari’s parents, and in the smile of a new friend. Amy Lee-Tai’s sensitive prose and Felicia Hoshino’s stunning mixed-media images show that hope can survive even the harshest injustice.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Juvenile fiction.
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction.
Japanese language materials -- Bilingual.