Heart of a Samurai (Realistic Fiction)

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Book Critic

Author: Margi Preus

Published: 2010

Rating: I would rate this a five star book because it was when there was the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Summary: This book is about a young boy named Manjiro who was on a small fishing boat fishing in the sea and was swept away by a storm.  They at sea for many days until a small island came into view.  When they arrived on the island they immediately searched for shelter and found a small cave to fit the whole crew of 5 men.  They had to eat albatrosses and small turtles each day to keep themselves alive.  After weeks of living on that island a whaling ship found them on this island and took them as part of their own crew.  Their was one crew member Manjiro disliked and his name was Jolly and they went out in the same harpooning boat as he was.  Manjiro learned how to read and write in english and soon he became the captains son of the John Howland.  Manjiro had lived a rich life with the Whitefields on a nice farming house where could ride his own horse to ride on the farm.  When Manjiro went to California with a former friend to find gold because it was during the gold rush.  Manjiro had worked hard and found a little piece of gold at the bottom of a riverbank.  He went back to Oahu to find his friends to bring them home with him but only 3 out of 5 went back with him to Japan.

Questions: Why didn’t you tell more about Manjiro’s home when he went back to Japan?

Connections: I can relate this book to Samurai’s tale because it was during the Tokugawa Shogunate.


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