Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Barbed Wire Baseball



Bibliographic Information: Barbed Wire Baseball, written by:  Marissa Moss, Illustrated by: Yuko Shimizu, Abrams Books for Young readers, 2013 48pp.

Reading Level:  800L

Synopsis: This is the story of how Kenichi Zenimura brought baseball to a Japanese Internment Camp during World War 2.  Kenichi Zenimura who was named the father of Japanese American baseball loved baseball as a young boy.  When world war 2 broke out he was sent with his family to an internment camp.  This story id the story of how he never gave up his dream of playing baseball even while in the camp.  The story details how he along with the help of his family brought baseball to the camp.

Rationale for Using this Book:  I think this book is a good book to show that no matter what your circumstances, you can overcome them.  I think it is a good book to show how life can be unfair, but you still need to follow your dreams:

Connection to the Common Core:  RI.K.2 Use for identifying main topic and key details.


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