Music for Alice

Music for Alice

Book - 2004
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A Japanese American farmer recounts her agricultural successes and setbacks and her enduring love of dance. Based on the true life story of Alice Sumida, who with her husband Mark, established the largest gladiola bulb farm in the country during the last half of the twentieth century.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004
ISBN: 9780618311187
Characteristics: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm


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jdraffkorn Jun 04, 2012

This was a story based on the real life of Alice Sumida. She was a Japanese American woman, born in San Francisco, during WWII. She and her husband got rounded up to be taken to an internment camp, but then they got out of it by offering to help an American farmer in the fields. They end up buying fields of their own and growing crops to sell back to the government.

It was interesting, because I didn't know that there was a way to get out of the internment camps. It was also really sad because the lady's husband died as a young adult; it looks like he was maybe in his 50s. At the end she goes back to where their farm fields were, and she gets happy and dances. I didn't really get that, but I did get an overwhelming feeling of sadness.

This isn't a read-aloud unless you teach upper elementary.


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