The Bracelet

by Yoshiko Uchida

Paperback, 1996





Puffin Books (1996), 32 pages


Emi, a Japanese American in the second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during World War II, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship.

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LibraryThing member slmturner
This story is about a Japanese girl named Emi and her family. It takes place during WWII. Her and her family are forced to relocate to a prison camp. She is very sad and tries to remember how everything looks in her house because she will miss it. Her best friend gives her a bracelet before she leaves. Unfortunately, she looses the bracelet. Her mother comforts her by telling her that she does not need photos or gifts to remember. The pictures she keeps in her mind is all that she needs and that she can take those anywhere.

I thought that this was a very sad story. It makes me angry at what the government had done to the Japanese people during that time. It was enlightening to get a point of view from a small girl about a historic event like that. The story does not describe much about the war, however, it does give the emotion of the effects it had on Japanese families.

This would be a good book to read to a class to supplement a unit about WWII. It could help bring to life the raw emotional impact it had on children about the students own age. Students could also have a discussion about how they would feel if they were forced to move like Emi did. This would let them be able to express their emotions about the story.
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LibraryThing member sosandra
The Bracelet is a story of a seven-year-old Japanese-American girl, Emi, who understands the significance of her memories of her life before the internment camps. The story focuses on the preparation for the immediate relocation of Japanese-Americans into internment camps. Before Emi leaves, she receives a bracelet from her best friend, Laurie Madison, as a good-bye present and memory. On the first day in the camp, Emi realizes she lost the bracelet; as she searches for it, she is reminded of the injustice of what is happening to all Japanese-American but most importantly, she understands the power of her memory as a means of survival.
The Bracelet highlights a young girl’s resistance to be confined, enclosed, and stripped of her life; instead, it displays her love for her life, family, and friends. It also unlocks the power of memory as a way for Emi to remember all the good things in her life so far.
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LibraryThing member MrsLee
A beautiful story to tell the very sad facts of the internment camps in California during WWII. A young girl learns about what is important and how to get through exceedingly difficult trials.
LibraryThing member Ms.Penniman
Retelling: This story takes place in 1942 during the war with Japan. It is about a little girl who was forced to go to an internment camp with her family and had to leave her best friend behind.

Thoughts and Feelings: If I were forced to move just because my ancestors were from a country that America was at war with, I would feel betrayed.… (more)
LibraryThing member matthewbloome
This is truly an excellent book about WWII Japanese-American internment camps. It's depressing, as any book on this subject is bound to be, but it does a nice job of describing the circumstances of the experience through the eyes of a second grade child. That said, the audience for this book is probably not second grade simply because the writing would go over a lot of their heads. However, for an older classroom, this would definitely do the trick. It brought me down because the internment camps were so unjust, but it also included a positive message about the power of hope and memory in an otherwise adverse situation. I felt depressed, yet hopeful for the characters. This volume didn't carry the reader through the entire internment experience, but created a thorough and convincing portrait of the initial experience of a family being removed from their home and forced to live in a converted horse stall at a racetrack. The afterword did a thorough job of further explaining the circumstances. This is a well-done book.… (more)
LibraryThing member NatalieCJones
This book was about a girl who got a bracelet from a friend before traveling to a containment camp for Japanese-Americans. This little girl went to a camp, and realized she had lost her bracelet. Devastated, she frantically searched for it, but could not find it. Her mother reminded her that the memory of her friend was still alive even though the bracelet was no longer with them.… (more)
LibraryThing member engpunk77
This was okay. It had some good details about a family being kept in a horse stall for a while before being sent to one of the bigger internment camps. Not a lot of character development or anything, and it was only moderately useful.
LibraryThing member Michaela.Bushey
The Bracelet is about a girl named Emi and her family who are taken to internment camps during WWII because they are Japanese-American. Before they leave, Emi's best friend comes by and gives her a bracelet to remember her by. Even though she is scared, Emi thinks the gift will help her cope. However, when she loses it, she realizes she doesn't need the bracelet to remember her friend - she has all her memories in her heart. Beautiful illustrations accompany this touching story and convey the sadness and hurt many Japanese-Americans felt during this time.

In a classroom, this book would be great for a social studies unit on WWII. Many students are unaware of the injustices Japanese-Americans faced in our country during this time, and reading this book would be a wonderful way to introduce it. The text opens up opportunity to discuss concepts of social justice, racism, democracy, and freedom.
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Physical description

32 p.; 8 inches


069811390X / 9780698113909


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