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Manjiro : the boy who risked his life for two countries

by McCully, Emily Arnold.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B MANJIRO
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B MANJIRO
Penn Hills Library Early Readers E j 92 MAN
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Early Readers
Call Number  E j 92 MAN

In 1841, Japan had been closed to the outside world for 250 years, and anyone who tried to return to the country after leaving it could be executed. So when the small fishing boat on which fourteen-year-old Manjiro was working was shipwrecked, he despaired of ever returning to his village. The captain of the American whaling ship that rescued Manjiro took a special interest in him, inviting him to come live in Massachusetts. There, Manjiro was treated like Captain Whitfield's son, and he began to feel as though Massachusetts was his second home. Still, he never gave up his dream of finding a way to return to Japan and see his mother again.

Watercolor illustrations bring to life the true story of a determined and resourceful young man whose intimate knowledge of two cultures later led him to play an important role in the opening of Japan to Western trade and ideas.

Manjiro is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This picture-book biography profiles America's first Japanese resident. Manjiro was a 14-year-old Japanese fisherman when his boat was swept out to sea in 1841. At that time, the law threatened death to any citizen who returned after leaving Japan. A castaway on a rocky island, Manjiro was rescued by an American ship whose captain took the boy under his wing, taught him navigation and farming, sent him to school, and enabled him to realize his dream of returning home. From Massachusetts, where a church deacon steered Manjiro to the Negro section, to California, where he successfully panned for gold, McCully's clearly written narrative portrays mid-nineteenth-century America as vividly as Manjiro's adventures, and both setting and characters come to life in this Caldecott-winning illustrator's dramatic paintings. Lists of books and Web sites are appended, along with an author's note commenting on matters outside the scope of the story, such as the long period of Japanese isolation and Manjiro's later achievements.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Nakahama, Manjirō, -- 1827-1898 -- Juvenile literature.
Nakahama, Manjirō, -- 1827-1898.
Castaways -- Japan -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Castaways -- Japan.
Japan -- Relations -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Relations -- Japan -- Juvenile literature.
Japan -- Relations -- United States.
United States -- Relations -- Japan.
Publisher New York :Farrar Straus Giroux,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 1 volume ( unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 31 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780374347925
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