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So Far from the Bamboo Grove
 
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So Far from the Bamboo Grove (Paperback)
by Yoko Kawashawa Watkins
(148 customer reviews)    
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13 of 41 people found the following review helpful:

A thrilling Book, February 3, 2000
Reviewer: A reader
This is a great book! My teacher read it to us in class, and it was very moving, especially to think that Yoko (the main character and author of this book) actually went through everything she describes withought exeration. It is amazing to me that a girl of only 11 years could have survived all of the hardships. Of having a bomb burst very near you, of not knowing weather your father and brother are still alive, of you and your family beingwanted by the Korean Communist Army.This book is sad and moving, and sadly all true.

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7 of 39 people found the following review helpful:

A Learning Experience, January 3, 2000
Reviewer: A reader
This was a very good book. When I found out later that this book was recommended for children and young adults to read I was very surprised. I'm not sure if a child would be able to take the emotional heartbreak of this story. But, as for adults, it was very informative and touching. I cried when reading some parts and knowing that when you are living it, you cannot just stop living it, you must go on. The writing is exceptional, not sentimental or romanticized like some books. I looked at the world in a new way after reading this. I don't think my struggles can ever be as bad and if they are I know I can handle them if the girl in this story could.

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7 of 41 people found the following review helpful:

A Page Turner, December 13, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
If you like books about World War Two this book is definitely for you. Once you start reading you won't be able to stop. It's about a young girl who is Japanese and the hardships she suffers throughout the war. Sometimes it gets a little gory, but over all it was excellent and I really recommend this book!

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10 of 39 people found the following review helpful:

World War 2 in the eyes of Yoko., December 8, 1999
Reviewer:sierra (Cairo, Egypt) - See all my reviews
A touching heart warming story about a young girl Yoko and her family running away from Korea and trying to get back to their homeland- Japan. This takes in world war 2 and with her brother and father off at war and only her sister and mother to depend upon they face many challenges on the sad, long, bumpy, road ahead. A heart warming story, one with danger around every corner and will leave you at the edge of your seat.

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6 of 37 people found the following review helpful:

I recommend this book to people of all ages., September 8, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
This heart-wrenching book is a beautiful tale of surviving WWII. How a young girl and her family survived through deepest tradgety is unbelieivable, unpredictable, and inspiring.

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6 of 36 people found the following review helpful:

Great Book ( truly.. I am not lying), July 8, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
It is a fantastic book. It is amazing , between survival and just their waying of being in this book it is a good book for all ages. A story of triumph, love and war.

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7 of 40 people found the following review helpful:

Winner with 6th graders, June 22, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
This book is great. This is a autobiographical count of the journey of a 12 year old girl (Yoko) from Nanam, Vietnam to Japan. She must suffer from starvation and tiredness and Vietnamese soldiers. It is a very touching story. I have had a chance to meet Yoko Kawashima Watkins and her untold stories are just as touching as this book. This book teaches you to appreciate what you have and not to be selfish. This is a great summer reading book and I wouldn't go without reading it.

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5 of 36 people found the following review helpful:

This story is the journey of a girl during WWII Japan., June 22, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
This book is great. (WARNING) This is a book for young adults because it contains graphic violence, rape, and disturbing ideas. This book will really teach to appreciate what you have and not to be selfish. This is a good book to read and I wouldn't go without reading it.

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5 of 35 people found the following review helpful:

A Powerful Look at the Past, June 21, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
I first read So Far from the Bamboo Grove a few years ago. The story stayed with me and even shaped my current views of world events.For me, it is amazing that such a young girl could survive such pain and turmoil while enduring a war and facing the loss of her family.If this book cannot open your eyes to the nightmare of war, nothing can.

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6 of 35 people found the following review helpful:

This is a wonderful true story of courage and bravery., June 6, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
This book is great. It is not only inspriring but it is a true story. I think all peopel should read this story. It is beautifully written and I give it two thumbs up.

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