Gr 6 Up An examination and celebration of Japanese-American culture, history and endurance, illustrated with an abundance of black-and-white photographs. The first section is a history of the Japanese in the U.S. beginning with the first Japanese settlers in the 1800s. Emphasis is on the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and their incarceration in American concentration camps. The second section includes brief biographies of ten Japanese-Americans who have made significant contributions to our society but have been largely ignored by historians. Finally, three original short stories written by Japanese-American authors (including Yoshiko Uchida) dramatically convey the Japanese experience in the U.S. There is no index. Davis' Behind Barbed Wire (Dutton, 1982), focuses on the World War II concentration camps in more detail but lacks the wide scope of this title. Because of the magnitude of issues covered here, there is a slight tendency toward generalization. The committee authorship results in minor repetition of ideas and a somewhat flat textbook narrative style which is unfortunate in a book that focuses on the human, if not humane, side of our history. Despite these technical flaws, this is an important book that tells a story that all American children should hear.Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, Wis.