So Far from the Sea – a picture book lesson
Filed under: Historical Fiction | Tags: japanese internment, picture book, social studies, using picture books to teach history, WWII |
So Far from the Sea, by Eve Bunting is a beautiful, informative, and poignant picture book that tells the story of a family going to visit the grave of their grandfather, who died at the Manzanar Relocation Center during World War II. Chris Soentpiet is the illustrator, and just like in Coolies, his drawings convey a wealth of historical information. Historically, the basics of the whys and hows of the Japanese internment are explained in this story.
I used the sketch to stretch strategy with my students, as they love to draw and the pauses allowed me to step out of the story to provide additional historical background or discuss an illustration in more detail.
Other lesson plans for So Far From the Sea:
- from the Manzanar National Historic site
- from the illustrator’s web site
- an article on using this book for guided reading