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The Children of Battleship Row: Pearl Harbor 1940-41 Paperback – December 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: RDR Books (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571430954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571430953
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book and it's easy to read in a short amount of time.
Carissa D.
When Jody began that fateful trip seeking closure on an event that changed her life and lead to this wonderful book, we lived in Quarters T where her story began.
Barry Kunkel
We walked around the island trying to imagine what that morning must have been like.
Marianne

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Jody Earle's memoir of her several years on Ford Island in the shadow of the safety of those fated battleships prior to the Pearl Harbor attack reads like the best fiction: funny, surprising, and almost dreamlike in its depiction of girlhood pleasures. That the reader knows what's coming infuses these pages with terrible dread: as Robert Frost says, "Nothing gold can stay." This wonderful book, history at its best, is ever more relevant after 9-11: currently, new lives are undertaking recoveries which, like this writer's, will be lifelong. A triumphant little book to be savored by both girls and boys from ages eight up, and by all adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry Kunkel on February 23, 2014
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When Jody began that fateful trip seeking closure on an event that changed her life and lead to this wonderful book, we lived in Quarters T where her story began. She returned twice to get some recall of the house and grounds she lived on in 1941. It worked and the book is a delight to read. The reader is treated to the accuracy of history, the interpretation of those who lived the event, and the view of a child living through one of the only attacks on USA soil. Recommend this book not only to history buffs but also to children so they can see what children can do in the face of catastrophic events. Barry Kunkel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James & Melissa Coudeyras on October 12, 2013
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We live on Oahu and this book was a very interesting perspective on what happened prior to, during, and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. I got to see the Zuber house where the family lived. It is incredible to think what would have happened to them had they not run when they did. Very easy read.
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Joan, her sister, mom, and USMC Major dad all move, under orders, to Ford Island in the middle of Pearl Harbor 13 months before America's bloody entry into WWII started literally in her backyard (where she actually sees [after three days hiatus of being evacuated after the 12/7 attack] an unexploded Japanese aerial bomb sticking two feet into the ground near her lanai door). You know how this is going to end, even as she tells you delightful stories of happy little girls (she and her sister) going all over the place barefoot, having Papaya fights with the boys, seeing the crisp, strong battleships (when they were in port) docked 500 ft from her home with sailors who waive to her; so close they didn't use clocks at her home because of the ship's bells!! Reveille was heard every morning.

Even the details of her little school and how good it was made me wish for earlier times in a simple place. Another dud bomb was found on the school's property after the attack! Unfortunately, little Joan's life got more complicated in a hurry. Last 1/4 of book) Relocated and shipped off to San Francisco where she meets cold weather, no friends, lackluster schools and teachers and the painful wait for word on her dad; and her mother suffering under the strain of taking care of two growing girls while wondering if the love of her life is alive or dead.

You just wish there were even more details of her life there from 11/40 through 12/7/41 and more pictures, even though the pictures provided are quite haunting in a romantic/nostalgic sort of way. She mentions other children she knew on "Nob Hill," as the little Navy neighborhood at the very north end of Ford Island was called.
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Being a military brat isn’t easy, but during a war the discipline instilled in a lifetime of learning is invaluable. I was an Army brat experiencing the beginning of the Vietnam War in 1963. Like Joan’s mother, my mother also had forebodings of my father’s assignment, but we all went trusting that our government wouldn’t send us into an unsecure war zone. Joan’s telling of peacetime schools, clubs, and activities under military protocol are also my stories although they happened 20 years later. Many soldiers have written about war, but a child’s story of war conveys the horror of innocence and destruction in powerful ways.
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