7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #570: Featuring Amiko Hirao

h1 January 21st, 2018 by jules


Over at BookPage, I’ve got a review of Cynthia Grady’s Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind (Charlesbridge, January 2018), illustrated by Amiko Hirao.

That review is here, and today I’m following up with some spreads from the book.


“… Miss Breed gave Katherine a stamped, addressed penny postcard in exchange for her library card. ‘Write to us,’ Miss Breed said. ‘We’ll want to know where you are.'”
(Click spread to enlarge and read text in its entirety)


“At the train station, Miss Breed couldn’t believe her eyes. Hundreds of families were tagged as if they were bundles of luggage. Soldiers with guns stood by. …”
(Click spread to enlarge and read text in its entirety)


“Finally the war ended.
As the Japanese Americans were released from each prison camp,
they had to decide where to go. …”

(Click spread to enlarge and read text in its entirety)



WRITE TO ME: LETTERS FROM JAPANESE AMERICAN CHILDREN TO THE LIBRARIAN THEY LEFT BEHIND. Text copyright © 2018 by Cynthia Grady. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Amiko Hirao and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) It’s heartening to see the women’s marches this weekend.

2) I’ve enjoyed seeing Edel Rodriguez’s art lately, so I enjoyed this.

3) Story time at Parnassus yesterday …

4) … followed by lunch with visiting friends where …

5) … I got to meet the dynamite teacher behind this project.

6) A whole WEEK of snow days for my girls.

7) I found out a while back that 7-Imp was ranked by Feedspot in the Top 100 Children’s Book Blogs for parents, teachers, and kids. That is lovely to hear.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

5 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #570: Featuring Amiko Hirao”

  1. I am so looking forward Cynthia’s new book. Such an important story.
    Jules, congrats on the blog award. Could you please send one snow day to us? I want just one this year.
    My kicks:
    1. I’m finally getting over the upper respiratory infection. Went to doctor and stayed down for two days.
    2. Started a new crochet project.
    3. Graphic novels from a grant were ordered.
    4. Telling a friend about the book, Finding Winnie.
    5. Finished Sweet Miss Honeywell’s Revenge.
    6. Book club today. Discussing The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts. A perfect reason while I love book club. I wpuld have never read this NF book about the Nazis and the Lippizan horses.
    7. Began watching Outlander as I crochet.
    Have a great week.

  2. Hello, Imps!

    Amiko: What beautiful art and a heartbreaking story. Thank you for sharing.

    Jules: Congrats on the awesome rank! Yay for friends and art and fun.

    Jone: Healthy thoughts galore. Rest up.

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Auditions
    2) Scribbles
    3) Plans
    4) Reconnecting
    5) Good news
    6) Sure
    7) Certain

  3. Jone, kinda wild that we have had snow days and you have not! … Glad you are feeling better. Rest up!

    LW: I like ‘scribbles.’ It could mean you are drawing or writing. Break a leg at all auditions!

  4. LW, love Scribbles and Good News.
    Jules, Thank you.

  5. Sounds like an incredible story!!!

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