So Far from the Sea


Bibliographic Information: Bunting, E., & Soentpiet, C. K. (1998). So Far from the Sea. New York: Clarion Books.

Brief Annotation: As Laura and her family make one final trip to the remains of Manzanar War Relocation Camp to visit their grandfather’s grave before moving to Massachusetts, her father describes the events he and ten thousand other Japanese Americans had to suffer during World War II in the internment camp.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 5-6

Readers who will like this: Readers learning about WWII; readers who have lost someone to war; readers who know someone who has been involved in war

Rating/Response: 5 This powerful story line allows readers an insight in understanding the impact of World War II from a new, thought provoking perspective.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “What do you know about World War II?”

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for Strategy: This story can be used as a relative introductory resource when teaching students the events and effects of World War II.

Posted by: Sammi Keller


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