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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Scholastic (February 19, 2001)
  • ASIN: B0042BV6TM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
The book "A Jar of Dreams" is the story of Rinko Tsujimura, an 11-year old 2'nd generation Japanese-American, growing up in California in the 1930's, as well as her family whichincludes her mama, and papa, her younger brothe joji, and her older brother Cal, wh dicourages her sister by saying that no school district will hire a japanese teacher (it is Rinko's dream to be a teacher). Rinko often resents being Japanese because she and her family are ridiculed, especially by Wilbur Starr, the owner of a laundry business. Starr wants to drive the Tsujimura's laundromat out of business, and threatens them. When Aunt Waka comes to visit them, from Japan, she teaches them to b proud of their unique japanese heritage. Eventually rinko's father and his go friend mr.kanda, stand up Wilbur Starr, and Rinko, Cal. and Joji, learn to be proud of being Japanese.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Jar of Dreams is about Rinko a Japanese american girl. she lives in California and kids at school and just people in general say racial slurs to her, which makes her resent wish she didn't looks so Japanese. her family is barley making their payments. her dad is a barber but really wishes to be a mechanich and her mom cleans other peoples house. then Rinko's mom decides to start her own landry business, and the competing landrymat trys to get even. thinkgs start to change when Rinko's aunt Waka from japan comes for the summer and changes everyones attitudes. Everyone is Rinkos family begins to stand up for themselves and decides to go for their dreams. Rinko's dad decides to start a mechanic shop, Rinkos brother goes back to college to become a engineer and Rinko's mom keeps up her laundry service. i really recomend reading this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a story you will want to read. Rinko Tsujimoto is a Japanese girl who is living in a family of five. She has one older and one younger brother. Rinko sometimes bullies her younger brother, Joji, but not much. They still love each other. Rinko's favorite is her older brother Cal, who is not in the book much. He has just begun college in Stockton, even though he doesn't think he'll get a good job because he's Japanese.
This story is all about Aunt Waka coming to stay with Rinko at her house and the adventures they have together. Rinko is not so thrilled about Aunt Waka at first. Aunt Waka has a deformed foot, and she gave Rinko a kimono instead of something she could play with. She was wrong about her though. Aunt Waka was great and she changed Rinko's life by teaching her to be proud of herself and her Japanese character. I give this story four stars because it doesn't have enough excitement for me and it's not the best story in the world. Still, if you like family stories then this is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By In the Bookcase on March 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was impressed with the story I found in this book. Before reading it, I wasn't expecting such a dramatic story. Now that it is over, I wish there was a sequel!

Rinko is a young, Japanese girl. She lives in California with her parents and two brothers. There are two important parts of American History that are hurting Rinko's life. First, it's the Depression, and lack of money. Secondly, and more painful to Rinko: it's how the Japanese are hated among people.

This summertime story brings out and shows meaningful changes in Rinko's life, and how she things about the world around her.
I really recommend reading this book!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you like excitment this is a great story for you! It is about a little Japenesse girl. Her parents lived in japan but she was born in the U.S when they crossed over. Her Aunt is still in Japan. Many hard things happen. And I want you to read this book to find them out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Rinko lives in California and is friendly and kind but many people don't pay attention to just because she is Japanese. Rinko feels she is no good until her Aunt Waka comes to visit. Then Aunt Waka teaches Rinko many things especially that she should be proud to be Japanese.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read A Jar of Dreams, by Yoshiko Uchida. The story takes place in Oakland California during the Great Depression .A Jar of Dreams is mostly about Rinko, a Japanese American girl who struggles with her identity, because she is not fully American and does not like her Japanese culture. She wishes that she was fully American so she could fit in. In school she hasn't found many great friends.
To make matters worse, Rinko's mom opened a home laundry mat, and began a mound of trouble with a fellow laundry owner named Wilbur Starr. Mr. Starr does horrible things to Rinko's family in hopes they will close their home laundry mat.
Rinko's aunt comes from Japan and stays with them for the summer. She teaches their culture. Will Rinko ever learn to embrace who she is? You'll have to read to find out.
I love this book, and if you love drama you will enjoy this book as well. So get ready for a roller coaster of emotions!

By: Alchemy S.11 years old
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read a really fantactic book called A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida. This book takes place during the Great Depression in California. A Jar of Dreams is about a young girl named Rinko Tsujimura. Rinko's Aunt Waka comes to visit from Japan. During this time Japanese people were treated differently from Americans. Will Rinko learn to respect her culture more often? Will the Japanese finally be treated with respect? To
answer these questions you will have to read the book.

Jada S. Age 10
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