28 February 2005

More Children's Books

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls- I loved this book (still do). The relationship between the two siblings alone make the book worth reading.

A Blue-Eyed Daisy by Cynthia Rylant- Good book, but not so different from a lot of the books being written today.

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden- My mother loves this book so I've had it read to me several times. The title describes it nicely, but it is so much more. Worth reading. The other related books are good, but not as good as this one.

Flame-colored Taffeta by Rosemary Sutcliff- I liked this book. Quick and interesting.

The Great Good Thing by Robert Townley- This is a more recent book and is quite different. Hard to explain simply here, but definitely worth reading, if only because it has a creative way of looking at things.

Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman- The story of a boy who wants to climb the mountain his father died on. Recommended.

Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbara Brooks Wallace- Good children's mystery. Recommended.

So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins- This is a good book, but not for younger children because of some of the violent and disturbing content- war is always violent and disturbing. It is about a young Japanese girl whose family is forced to leave Korea during WWII. Highly recommended.

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White- I enjoy this book. Fun and quick to read. Good for children.


  1. When my youngest daughter was 5 she came home from first grade with a book she had to buy. I had never heard of it. It was ordered and has become a favorite of ours and everyone that picks it up:
    The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg.

  2. It is totally fictional stroy.

    This is a bad fiction based entirely on fabricated history. The book is so biased and inundated with historical inaccuracies that even the publishers in Japan refuse to publish this book in Japanese.

    The bottom line is that the author was a daughter of a war criminal, high Japenese official stationed at a northern Korean province during the Japanese occupation of Korea, and had led a comfortable life at the expense of the suffering of the Korean people until she and her family got kicked out of Korea at the end of the WWII. She's a disgruntled former beneficiary of the Japanese imperialism and this book is a poor attempt to mislead the public and further her hidden agenda.

    Her father is a war criminal who served 6 years sentence at the Syberia because he was a medical chif at the 731 chemical unit which they killed thousands of chinese and koreans.

    She said U.S. air force bombed Namam but there is no record of B-29 activity at that time and that place. B-52 can even reach to korea from it's base at that time because it was too far which is well know fact. Even Russian air bombing started at August 8th of 1945 so it can not be Russian nor American. She is so full of it!

    Another fact. Korean Communist Army uniform that she wore. KCA was formed at Feb of 1948. How can she find and wear a uniform that wasn't even exist. She is so full of it.

    About the rape. In fact Japanese army formed a "Serving Women Unit" They are all kidnapped from their home and contury age of 10 to 35 form Korea and China. We still remember clearly all those facts and those women's crying.

    Yoko. She needs to repent.

    She is trying so hard to hide the history and trying to hide ugly old Japanies father's dids.

    It's not too hard to google this book and find many inaccuracies claimed by the author. It is especially appalling that this book is a children's novel aimed at American children who are not familiar with what Japanese imperialism did to other Asians during the first half of the last century. If you are buying books for your children or students, stay clear of this one, it will give your children one bad history lesson.


  3. daniel y, I will leave So Far From the Bamboo Grove on my list of recommendations even though I am fully aware of the controversy surrounding this book.

    I assure you that when I read this book as a child that I in no way came away with negative feelings towards the Koreans or positive feelings towards the Japanese. This is a story about one girl trying to survive. It is her story, not that of her father or the Japanese people or the atrocities committed by the Japanese people in Asia.

    I do hope that if schools are assigning this book that they also assign books from a Korean point of view that is from this same time period and it suitable for children. Of that the teachers are sure to teach the children about the historical implications of this book.

    If anyone has a suggestion of a good children's books that is comparable to So Far from the Bamboo Grove, please tell me.