Creators: Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee (illustrator)
Book cover. Courtesy of Lee & Low
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Children's picture book by Ken Mochizuki and illustrated by Dom Lee about a young boy facing Asian stereotypes and bullying in the postwar years. Donnie Okada is continually made to play the part of the "enemy" in war games with friends, even as he tries to explain that his father and uncles served on the American side. A school visit by Donnie's father and uncle in their uniforms and medals changes the way he and his friends view their histories.
A native of Seattle, Sansei author Mochizuki wrote the book in part as a tribute to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and other Asian American veterans. His prior picture book, Baseball Saved Us , was set in a Japanese American concentration camp.