Book Title: Under
The Blood-Red Sun
Publisher and Date:
Yearling Books, 1995
Lynette B. Reeder
This is a story of Tomikazu, an eighth-grade Japanese American boy,
whose life in Hawaii revolves around baseball, fishing and his
family. His life suddenly comes to an abrupt stop on December 7, 1941
when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Nothing remains intact, except the
loyalty of Tomi's buddies, the Rats. This book is a winner of the
Scott O'Dell Award.
Under The Blood-Red Sun could be used to enrich
students' knowledge about World War II and Pearl Harbor. This book
would offer diversity awareness in Japanese-American customs,
beliefs, food, and dress. It would also be an effective tool for
investigating the socail impact of baseball in the Japanese
Relationship to Social
Studies State Core:
Design and create a time line from the events leading up
to WWII and concluding with the end of WWII
- 6050-0302 Use
maps to locate Hawaii and the surrounding Pacific Ocean. Discuss
the advantages and disadvantages geographically attributed to
Hawaii in relationship to WWII.
Analyze WWII technology advancements such as: guided
missiles, navy ships, bombs and planes.
Relate how WWII effected the economy (Japanese Americans
and others). Discuss and simulate a ration/coupon system within
Discuss how our government has appointed leaders, past
& present, to make decisions (orders to relocate all Japanese)
and how we can be involved in governmental decisions.
Create a poem depicting the Japanese relocation
camps and produce a visual image of the