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    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div class=\"floatright\">\n </div>\n <div class=\"rgonly\">\n  <!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n  <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n   <p>\n    RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:The Cat Who Chose to Dream;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:Grades 1-2; Grades 3-5;\nReadingLevel:Grades 1-2; Grades 3-5;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Disillusionment and dreams; Facing darkness; Overcoming – fear, weakness, vice; Will to survive;\nGenre:Children's;\nPoV:Told from perspective of cat;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:Yes;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:Yes;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:;\nChronology:1940s;\nFacility:;\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   Title:The Cat Who Chose to Dream;\nAuthor:Loriene Honda;\nIllustrator:Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Martin Pearl Publishing;\nPubDate:2014;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:40;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/cat-who-chose-to-dream/oclc/870179443\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    https://www.worldcat.org/title/cat-who-chose-to-dream/oclc/870179443\n   </a>\n   ;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <p>\n  Children's picture book about a cat who accompanies his Japanese American family to an American concentration camp during World War II.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Jimmy is a cat that manages to accompany his family to an unspecified concentration camp during World War II. Initially angry and sad, Jimmy copes with his confinement by dreaming of more pleasant things: Japanese koi (carp), mountains, a temple in Japan, a snow tiger, a dragon, and a rabbit that can leave the camp. Years later, Jimmy recalls his time in the camp with his kitten.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Written by Loriene Honda, the book utilizes the artwork of\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Jimmy_Mirikitani\" title=\"Jimmy Mirikitani\">\n   Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani\n  </a>\n  with graphic design by Mark Deamer. George Takei contributes the foreword. The main text of the book is followed by a set of discussion questions, information on the incarceration of Japanese Americans and on Mirikitani, and full versions of the fifteen Mirikitani drawings that were adapted for the book. The publisher's website includes additional lesson plans.\n </p>\n <p>\n  A psychotherapist who specializes in children who have experienced trauma, Honda was inspired both by the children she had worked with and by former inmates: Mirikitani;\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Ralph_Lazo\" title=\"Ralph Lazo\">\n   Ralph Lazo\n  </a>\n  , a non-Japanese American teenager who had voluntarily gone to\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">\n   Manzanar\n  </a>\n  to be with his Japanese American friends; and her father, Lawrence Honda, who had also been in Manzanar as a teenager. \"I knew I wanted to find some way of bridging all of these areas,\" she told Anne Ternus-Bellamy. \"Child trauma and transcending it, but also the internment camp history, learning the lessons from the people who survived it.\" She learned of Miriktani's story from the 2006 documentary about him,\n  <i>\n   <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/The Cats of Mirikitani (film)/\" title=\"The Cats of Mirikitani (film)\">\n    The Cats of Mirikitani\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  , and was able to secure his permission to use his art. Working backwards to craft a story based on Mirikitani's drawings, she drew on Lazo's story: Jimmy, the cat—named after the artist—would also be a witness to his family's incarceration. Like other survivors of trauma, Jimmy learns \"that in surviving the camps, or surviving child trauma ... there is so much you can't control, but you can control your imagination.\" Mirikitani passed away in 2012, prior to the completion of the book, and the book is dedicated to him and to the author's family members. Graphic designer Mark Deamer adapted Mirikitani's drawings for the book, at times making \"slight alterations to many of Miriktani's original drawings to more clearly illustrate key themes and scenes.\"\n  <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n   <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n    [1]\n   </a>\n  </sup>\n </p>\n <p>\n  The history as presented in the book is generally accurate. There is one misstatement in \"The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II\" section: \"\"Not a single American of Japanese ancestry was found guilty of treason.\" In fact there were several Japanese Americans convicted of treason or of conspiracy to commit treason:\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Iva_Toguri_D%27Aquino\" title=\"Iva Toguri D'Aquino\">\n   Iva Toguri d'Aquino\n  </a>\n  ,\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Tomoya_Kawakita\" title=\"Tomoya Kawakita\">\n   Tomoya Kawakita\n  </a>\n  , and the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Prosecution_of_the_Shitara_Sisters\" title=\"Prosecution of the Shitara Sisters\">\n   Shitara Sisters\n  </a>\n  .\n </p>\n <div id=\"authorByline\">\n  <b>\n   Authored by\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">\n    Brian Niiya\n   </a>\n   , Densho\n  </b>\n </div>\n <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  Niiya, Brian\n </div>\n</div>\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:3797-0!canonical and timestamp 20201114001418 and revision id 29848\n -->\n",
    "moreinfo": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n   For More Information\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Author website:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.lorienehonda.com/book.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://www.lorienehonda.com/book.html\n   </a>\n   .\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Publisher website:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://martinpearl.com/childrensbooks/thecatwhochosetodream.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://martinpearl.com/childrensbooks/thecatwhochosetodream.html\n   </a>\n   .\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Ternus-Bellamy, Anne. \"'\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/the-cat-who-chose-to-dream/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    The Cat Who Chose to Dream': From Art Comes Hope.\n   </a>\n   \"\n   <i>\n    The Davis Enterprise\n   </i>\n   , Feb. 26, 2013.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
    "footnotes": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n   Footnotes\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n   <div class=\"mw-references-wrap\">\n    <ol class=\"references\">\n     <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n      <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n       <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n        ↑\n       </a>\n      </span>\n      <span class=\"reference-text\">\n       \"Insight with Beth Ruyak,\" Capitol Public Radio, Apr. 3, 2014,\n       <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2014/04/03/insight-040314/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n        http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2014/04/03/insight-040314/\n       </a>\n       ; Anne Ternus-Bellamy, \"'The Cat Who Chose to Dream': From Art Comes Hope,\"\n       <i>\n        The Davis Enterprise\n       </i>\n       , Feb. 26, 2013,\n       <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/the-cat-who-chose-to-dream/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n        http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/the-cat-who-chose-to-dream/\n       </a>\n       , both accessed o accessed on April 10, 2017. Quotes come from the latter.\n      </span>\n     </li>\n    </ol>\n   </div>\n  </div>\n  <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20201114001418\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nCPU time usage: 0.081 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.097 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 374/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2483/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6941/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1256/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 951/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n  <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   46.936      1 -total\n 18.27%    8.573      1 Template:RGDatabox-Core\n 15.52%    7.286      1 Template:Databox-Books\n 13.61%    6.390      1 Template:Reflist\n  5.12%    2.404      1 Template:AuthorByline\n  5.06%    2.374      1 Template:FindAtIA\n  4.90%    2.300      1 Template:Published\n  4.48%    2.105      1 Template:publish-rgonly\n-->\n </div>\n</div>",
    "findatia": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"Find_in_the_Digital_Library_of_Japanese_American_Incarceration\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Find_in_the_Digital_Library_of_Japanese_American_Incarceration\">\n   Find in the Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   <b>\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"https://archive.org/details/catwhochosetodre00hond\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     The Cat Who Chose to Dream\n    </a>\n   </b>\n  </p>\n  <p style=\"font-size:8pt;line-height:1.5;color: #aaa;\">\n   This item has been made freely available in the\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"https://archive.org/details/digital-library-of-japanese-american-incarceration\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration\n   </a>\n   , a collaborative project with\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"https://archive.org/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    Internet Archive\n   </a>\n   .\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   <br/>\n   Might also like:\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/A Place Where Sunflowers Grow (book)/\" title=\"A Place Where Sunflowers Grow (book)\">\n     A Place Where Sunflowers Grow\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Amy Lee-Tai;\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/The Bracelet (book)/\" title=\"The Bracelet (book)\">\n     The Bracelet\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Yoshiko Uchida;\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Blue Jay in the Desert (book)/\" title=\"Blue Jay in the Desert (book)\">\n     Blue Jay in the Desert\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Marlene Shigekawa\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>"
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