Mari wonders if anything can bloom at Topaz, where her family is interned along with thousands of other Japanese Americans during World War II. The summer sun is blazingly hot, and Mari s art class has begun. But it s hard to think of anything to draw in a place where nothing beautiful grows. Somehow, glimmers of hope begin to surface under the harsh sun in the eyes of a kindly art teacher, in the tender words of Mari s parents, and in the smile of a new friend.Inspired by her family s experiences, author Amy Lee-Tai has crafted a story rooted in one of America s most shameful historical episodes the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. The art schools which offered internees moments of solace and self-expression are a little known part of this history. Amy Lee-Tai s gentle prose and Felicia Hoshino s stunning mixed media images are a testimony to hope and how it can survive alongside even the harshest injustice."
From the prairie grasslands to the mountains high, Alberta's geographical diversity creates a habitat for more than 1800 flowering species. Alberta Trees and Wildflowers is the perfect pocket-sized, folding guide to familiar trees, shrubs and wildflowers. With detailed illustrations of over 140 familiar species this guide is sure to impress. A map of prominent botanical sanctuaries will be useful to residents and visitors alike. Laminated for durability, this handy guide is a great source of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike.
This is an anonymously written work that despite its age continues to be widely read today
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