Pin It
Favorite

Book Review: "Heart of a Samurai" by Margi Preus 

click to enlarge librarianlikes1-2.jpg

Librarian: Ryan Deery, children's programming librarian, Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier.

Book: Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

Age range: 9 to 15 years old

Deery's summary: Preus regales readers with a retelling of the 1841 biography of Manjiro, a 14-year-old Japanese fisherman who gets shipwrecked on a deserted island. Rescued by an American whaleboat, Manjiro is too scared to return home due to harsh isolationist policies. He remains on the boat and learns the whaling trade, as well as how to speak and read English. The captain adopts him and takes him to mainland America. After a series of adventures in schooling, love and gold panning, Manjiro returns to Japan 10 years after his ill-fated fishing voyage — only to be imprisoned. In a final series of twists, Manjiro's worldly knowledge leads to his release, and elevation to the rank of samurai.

click to enlarge librarianlikes1-1.jpg

Why this book is awesome: Not only is it full of adventure, history and life lessons, it is told in a vivid and convincing voice. To top it all off, it even includes hand-drawn illustrations and journal entries by the real Manjiro.

"The Librarian Likes" features a different librarian and book each month. Got an idea for a future LL? Email us at ideas@kidsvt.com.
  • Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines....

More by Kate Laddison

camps central

Talent Development Institute

Talent Development Institute

Colchester, VT

TDI is a summer camp/academic program, with overnight and commuter options, for advanced and gifted students who are entering grades 4-9. The 2016 Institute will be held for two weeks: June 19-25 and June 26-July 2. Participants may be involved for one or both weeks. This year's classes, which vary…(more)

other camps » learn more »

Top Viewed Stories

Kids VT says...