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Rhoda Blumberg has written about the opening of Japan (1853-1854) in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, a Newbery Honor Book, which also won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the Golden Kite Award. Her acclaimed histories also include The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark, The Great American Gold Rush, and The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook, all ALA Notable Books. She is the winner of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to nonfiction.
Rhoda Blumberg says that while doing research for Commodore Perry, "I read about the ordeals and strange adventures of Manjiro, then spent years replaying his life story in my mind until I felt impelled to write about him."
The author and her husband, Gerald, live in Yorktown Heights, New York.
Wanted more detail. Didn't realize it was so short. Would be good for a young student though. Maybe 3rd or 4th grade.Published 24 days ago by B Anthony
Reading all the Newberry winners and this is one. I didn't finish as it was too history for me. Would bee good for school project.Published 14 months ago by Aunt Deb
My kids (13 & 10) and I thoroughly enjoyed this exploration of the challenges Commodore Perry faced as he pushed his way into Japan. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Cara Putman
got my book today i can't wait to read it and learn about history and about japan yes awesome oPublished on April 16, 2013 by xena rules
This book is exactly what I was looking for, something that would drop me right back into those early days of contact between Japan and the USA, so I could sense the cultural... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by S. Daniel