St. Louis, MO (PressExposure) September 01, 2007 -- In response to the needs of educators, Cherry Blossoms in Twilight has been released as a second edition which includes additional historical commentary, photos of 1950's Japan, and a glossary/index of Japanese words used. The memoir has been adapted for use in elementary and middle school grades, but retains its interest for all ages.
Explore Japanese Culture -- Cherry Blossoms in Twilight is an autobiography offering a detailed look at the everyday life of a Japanese girl growing up during the Depression years in a small town outside Tokyo. Yaeko Sugama charms readers with stories and delightful illustrations that will resonate with those of all cultures as they discover the differences and similarities between themselves and others across the ocean. Japanese festivals and fascinating folk and religious beliefs and practices are explained in personal story format to keep the attention of active young minds. An appendix includes several Japanese children's folksongs with English translations and simple music scores.
A Different Perspective of WWII -- Cherry Blossoms in Twilight covers the experience of WWII as a teen and of the Occupation as a young woman. While treatment of the fears and horrors of living in a warzone are covered gently enough for younger students, the book does not shy from its message of the humanity of all--even the enemy's people. The additional commentary brings important perspective to how a country can lead its people to a war they did not ask for.
An Immigration Story -- Ms. Sugama married a U.S. serviceman and moved to the Chicago area in 1958. Cherry Blossoms covers her immersion into American life--her fears, difficulties, and thoughts about a strange new land. Ultimately, ill-equipped and frightened, she must learn to stand alone in her adopted country.
"Cherry Blossoms in Twilight" is an excellent addition into social studies and literature classrooms as a read aloud, in literature circles, or as excerpts read to supplement classroom curriculum. - Melissa Aubuchon, Social Studies Teacher
"Cherry Blossoms In Twilight" is a cross-cultural jewel, sparkling with very private glimpses of what it was like to grow up in Japan during and after WWII... - Nancy Pugh, President, Japan America Society Women's Association of St. Louis, MO