At happened to them during WW2 in 1942 1945 It Vera An Aleutian Teenager In Aleutian teenager in time where hers 4 other village were relocated into a forest reason was to ensure the safety of the people from Japanese attacks Just imagine a group of people that grew up live their entire life at the shore with the sea its creature was force for safety to a dense forest They had to survive starting from zero nowledge of the environment without proper facility prejudice of the neighboring village There were ind souls who helped but they only could give they couldn t promise survival And even after the war ended they still need to get permission to go back to their own home What s left of their village was devastatingOur very culture stolen or destroyed not by the enemy but by our "own countrymenworldwideour government spends large sums of money "countrymenWorldwideOur government spends large sums of money place lives back togetherNo money is spent hereWar leaves ugly scars The story is a fiction based on a true events Told in verses makes it a uick read I was surprised that this book has not win any award at all with the message that it trying to tell This is the fictionalized account of the true event during World War II when the US government relocated thousands of residents of the Aleutian Islands to the forests in southeast Alaska as told through the eyes of a young girl Vera They remained there for three years and one in four died This book should be included in any study of World War II as much as study is given to the relocation of Japanese which has been given attention I never new of this relocation or its effect on the Aleutian people It is told by Hesse in lyrical verse each page its own poem usually short and with its beginning written in a ind of inverted paragraph style Her imagery for nature was uniue and breathtaking I love trees and that environment and would likely not eagerly live in an environment without them yet Hesse does just that as Vera yearns for the sun the fog the wind the ocean and its inhabitants and all the native plants that are a part of her culture and grows angry with the shade and wetness of the trees the lack of sun that are their relocation camp I began to miss her home too fear the damage the relocation is doing to them as a people as a culture As one poem states at its end How many times can a people lose their way before they are lost forever An abundance of metaphors and similes saturate the text and would be an excellent mentor text to students ages 10 and up who are studying the use of such imagery in their writingIn fact though that strength was also at times its weakness for me I as the reader could get caught up in the magical wording of her metaphors and similes and not pay as much attention to the gravity or melancholy or pain that she is writing about This slim volume written in luminous free verse tells the story of the Aleutian Evacuation during WW II Hesse s novel follows one young teen Vera and her friends and family as they struggle to make sense of what is happening to survive the hardships and to adapt to a life none had ever imagined The beauty of the work is that Hesse can convey so much in so few words Here is one page KETCHIKAN CREEKWhen Eva returns from Ketchikan she saysThe creek there is like a womanDressed in a filmy green gownHer lace pockets spilling with leaping salmonDespite the hardships there is room for love and faith Babies are born and cherished Christmas is celebrated Still the sense of loss is palpable I will be thinking about this novel and the Aleutian Evacuation for a long timeI had never heard of this episode in the USA s history Shortly after the Japanese attacked Attu Island in June 1942 an attempt to distract the US Navy away from the South Pacific the government decided that it would be best for the Aleutian natives living on the islands to be evacuated for their protection Nearly 900 Aleuts were removed by the US government from nine villages on six islands and forcibly transported to Southeast Alaska duration camps Most were given little than an hour to collect their necessary belongings for a trip to an unknown destination for an unknown length of time People used to a subsistence living were deposited in old canneries or mining camps without adeuate shelter sanitation water food medical care or any means to support themselves While the Japanese left the islands by 1943 the Aleuts were not allowed to return to their homes for three years The deplorable conditions they endured resulted in epidemics of TB pneumonia whooping cough and other disease over ten percent of them died during internment Those who did return to the islands found that their homes had been destroyed andor ransacked not by the Japanese but by American military troops I learned all the above by doing some research after reading this novel But I certainly gathered clues and a feeling of the injustice suffered by the Aleuts during this time My first impression of this book was that it appeared to be an easy read However the writing style is too sketchy The author s switching from log style observation to romantic poetic style description is distr. Ttack the entire native population living west of Unimak Island was gathered up and evacuated to relocation centers in the dense forests of Alaska's Southeast With resilience compassion and humor the Aleuts responded to the sorrow. Acting and a serious interruption to the flow of the story The author relinuishes any responsibility for historical accuracy by stating that it is a work based on true events The author does not state which events these are so further research would have to be done by the reader to separate fact from fiction The character of Vera can be related to on a general level in her displacement from her home However her character lacked depth While the author used some actual events and maybe interviewed Aleutians for this story there is still a superficial uality to this work that simply capitalizes On A Bad And a bad and situation 45 StarsAleutian Sparrow is another verse novel from Karen Hesse similar in style to her Dust Bowl story Out of the Dust Starting in "of 1942 just months after the Pearl Harbor attack Aleutian Sparrow tells "1942 just months after Pearl Harbor attack Aleutian Sparrow tells story of how within days of that attack all the Aleut people were evacuated from their villages and moved to relocation centers the government fearful of fishing contract disagreements between the Aleut and the Japanese They are assured the move is only temporary but detainment carries on into 1945 The story follows this tribe of people as they are repeatedly moved and inland far from the rocky windswept coastline they call home The collective experiences of the Aleut people are centralized in the character of young Vera Vera is mixed race her mother Aleut her father Caucasian but the father never returned from sea one day so over the course of her childhood the raising of Vera has had her circulating around various family members Vera has spent much of the year of 1945 living in Unalaska Village working as a home aide to elderly couple Alexie and Fekla Golodoff Once summer comes around Vera takes off to spend time in her hometown of Kashega hanging out with best friends Pari also mixed race and AlfredJapan carried out an air attack on Unalaska Island in June 1942 because they were interested in gaining control of the North Pacific but they ultimately found the Alaskan climate too challenging Still the Aleut people continued to be moved around Vera and her family sent along with the rest of the community to these various detainment camps The Aleut a proud people with rich traditions now found themselves crammed into canvas tents on rainy terrain forced to live off bread and fish scraps The drastic changes in environment along with poor sanitation soon led to rampant sickness throughout the tribe many being plagued with skin boils and lung infections among other ailments But for the longest time the government offered the sick no medical assistance NONE After much pleading when a doctor finally does arrive he takes in the scene brushes it off with a they re not sick they re just adjusting and goes back home Some of the elders take to telling ancient legends to eep morale up Vera takes it upon herself to get a job at the hospital in Ketchikan but even with her connections it is still a slow process getting medical aid back to the camps Eventually a news story is done about the poor treatment of the Aleut people Shortly after the camps are uick to see donations from newspaper readers who wish to help I m sad to say this is not a part of history I was ever taught in school so I m happy to be informed of it now Tragic as the truth is Vera s story is a moving one and if you think about it still plenty relevant what with all the discussion back and forth about immigration issues and poorly euipped run border detainment facilities It s not an easy read in subject matter but there is ease in the verse format Hesse does so well Her way of weaving together sparse but also evocative imagery with so few words is uite the treat for readers of all ages those new to poetry form or even longtime fans Prepare to dip into lines such as the old ways steeped like tea in a cup of hours or laughter crackled on winter nights like sugar frosting Then there s the ones to make you stop and think We never thought who we were was so dependent on where we wereAuthor Sharon Creech gets a shout out in Hesse s acknowledgements page for patient and wise council This book is a good resource to incorporate with in a unit on WWII because it presents a culture that isn t one that is usually discussed or The First Ghost known about I am not saying that time should be spent reading the entire book but a fewey poetic versus to show what the Aleutian people went through would be helpful Also being that is is historical fiction it would allow the students to learn about this occurence in a interesting way With a read aloud of just a few of the poems it may spark some of your students interest to perhaps read it on their own for fun or during the course of studying poetry As a preservice teacher it was helpful for me to see that there are books like this that can be used in a varetiy of ways with in the classroom This book is suitable for around 6th through 8th grade maybe 5th depending on your students My first impression after finishing the book was that I really didn t like it then through our class discussion it made me gain a better appreciation of this boo. S of upheaval and dislocation This is the story of Vera a young Aleut caught up in the turmoil of war It chronicles her struggles to survive and to eep community and heritage intact despite harsh conditions in an alien environmen.
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