by Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee


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A Japanese American boy learns about heroism from his father and uncle who served in the U.S. Army.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781880000502
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 304,198
Product dimensions: 10.02(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 Years

About the Author

DOM LEE made his picture-book debut with Baseball Saved Us. He grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and went on to illustrate books in both the United States and Korea. His titles for Lee & Low include Ken Mochizuki's Passage to Freedom and Heroes, as well as the award-winning Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds. Lee's unique illustration style involves applying encaustic beeswax on paper, then scratching out images, and finally coloring the images with oil paint. Lee and his wife live in Hollis, New York.

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Heroes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
enagreen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book uncovers the issue of racial bias in a powerful way. Racial injustice and stereotyping can take on many forms, and in the case of Donnie, it is even happening at a very young age. Though it is a picture book, I would even use it with students through high school. The voice the author uses gives the reader a strong sense of empathy, and some great discussion could be started through reading this book and talking about the different ways we see social biases in our own lives and how we can get away from seeing people through bias-tainted lenses.
Mluke04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was set in America during the start of the Vietnam War. During that time Japanese Americans were looked down upon because they looked like the enemy they had in World War II and the Korean War. 50,000 Americans who were of Asian or Pacific Islander descent fought for the United States during World War II.The plot in this book has a person-vs-society conflict. Donnie is in conflict with the other children because he looks like the "enemy". This conflict escalates to a point where Donnie is chased home by these children during their "war game". The conflict is resolved when the other children see that Donnie's dad and uncle were soldiers too.Media: Mixed- created by "applying encaustic beeswax on paper, then scratching out images, and finally adding oil paint for color".
jcardwell04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story about a young boy who is teased because he is Vietnamese and his father couldn't have fought in the war-for the U.S.-because of their heritage. The boy stands up to a lot of grief from his peers but eventually wins out when his father and uncle show up in their uniforms with medals intact!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was both touching and an excellent educational experience. Mochizuki writes a story drawing on a difficult part of history for Japanese Americans, yet makes it easy for elementary-school aged children to understand. I highly recommend this book for parents and educators.