We got some reviews over the last few days, from the SF Chronicle and Booklist…

From the SF Chronicle:

“This timely history, published by Berkeley nonprofit Heyday, describes the case and much more, serving admirably as a tutorial on civil rights, an introductory civics lesson and a clarion call to action. Strategic book design effectively divides up duties with a poetic narrative, haunting color plates, historical asides, multiple timelines, archival photos, boxed definitions and provocative questions to further connection and commitment. Think about these: Have you ever been punished for something you did not do or been an ally or made a difference?”

And from Booklist:

“The last name Korematsu may be familiar to readers in the context of the infamous Supreme Court case of Fred Korematsu, a resister of U.S. attempts to intern Japanese Americans during WWII. His story is an absolute keystone in the history of civil liberties in the U.S. Drawing heavily on the recollections of two of Fred’s children, the book details Korematsu’s upbringing in Oakland, California, his imprisonment for resisting internment, his quest to legally marry his white wife, and his 40-year legal battle. The layout is stellar, utilizing a multimedia approach that includes photographs from the camps, family portraits, illustrations and letters from prisoners, and government documents. Focus groups of teachers, librarians, and young readers provided feedback about the book’s design, and its appeal and user-friendly presentation are undeniable. The end matter includes practical strategies for kids to take action against injustice in their own communities. This book honors the legacy of an oft-forgotten champion of human rights in America.”
— Erin Anderson

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