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Naomi's Tree

by Joy Kogawa, illustrated by Ruth Ohi

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published: Jan 2011
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A young couple leaves Japan for the coast of Canada, bringing a cherry seed to plant in their new garden. During the years that follow, the little cherry tree watches over the family as the couple have children, and then grandchildren. Young Naomi makes the cherry tree her special friend, and the tree's branches shelter her as she plays. But one day, war breaks out between the two countries, and the family is sent to an internment camp away from the coast. And though Naomi often dreams of going home, the dream fades as the years go by. The little tree is left behind to mourn its loss.

For many years the cherry tree sends out a song of love and peace that reaches Naomi only in her dreams. But the insects and small animals hear the song, and on the wind they send back their own messages to the tree, assuring it that Naomi is safe and that one day she will return. And when she does, the tree will be waiting for her.

Based on the World War II story of Naomi and Stephen in Naomi's Road, Naomi's Tree is a poetic story about enduring love and its almost mystical power to heal the spirit.

About the Authors

Joy Kogawa

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Ruth Ohi

RUTH OHI has illustrated more than sixty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.RuthOhi.com.
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Contributor Notes

Joy Kogawa was born in Vancouver in 1935. Like Naomi, Kogawa and her family were sent to internment camps in Slocan, British Columbia and later to Coaldale, Alberta during the Second World War. After teaching in Coaldale after the war, she eventually moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she lives today. Kogawa is a recipient of numerous honorary doctorates as well as national and international awards for her writing. In 1986, Kogawa was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

Ruth Ohi is the popular illustrator of over forty books for children. Her presentations and workshops make her a frequent welcome visitor to schools and libraries. She has illustrated No Monsters Here, Into My Mother's Arms, and The Bye-Bye Pie, which won the Blue Spruce Award. Ruth, her husband, and children live in Toronto, Ontario.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 11
Grade:
3
Reading age:
6 to 9
Editorial Review

"Kogawa's story is really about the power of love and how time can bring about reconciliation and new hope." -Winnipeg Free Press

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Naomi’s Tree

Japanese newlyweds immigrate to Canada, bringing a cherry seed to plant in their new garden. But one day, war breaks out between Canada and Japan, and the family is sent away. Now what will become of their beloved home and the tree that longs for their return?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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