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A Jar Of Dreams

By Yoshiko Uchida
Growing up in California during the depression isn't easy for eleven-year-old Rinko. She desperately wants to fit in and be like everyone else, but instead she is ridiculed and made to feel different because she is Japanese.

But when Aunt Waka comes to visit, and brings with her the old-fashioned wisdom of Japan, she teaches Rinko the importance of her Japanese heritage, and the value of her own strengths and dreams, in this warm and touching story.
(Keywords: Japanese heritage, dreams, values, challenge, family, culture, traditions, multi-cultural, multiculturalism, diversity, tolerance)

ISBN# 0689716729
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's in 1985

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):4, 5, 6
Curriculum Areas:History/Social Science
English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: heroes

culture, traditions, heritage, ancestry, discrimination, immigrants, citizenship

Essential Question(s)
1. Why is there discrimination?
2. How can you overcome prejudice?

Discussion Question(s)
1. Why was Rinko's parents denied citizenship?

Extension and Activities
1. Do research on your favorite hero. Write an essay on the characteristics of a hero and how your hero fits the criteria you have listed.
2. Research other stories about Japan and the Great Depression. Write an essay on why people immigrated from Japan and how they were accepted or not accepted in America.

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