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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Blue Jay in the Desert</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Marlene Shigekawa</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Illustrator</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Isao Kikuchi</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Polychrome</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1993</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/blue-jay-in-the-desert/oclc/26976901\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/blue-jay-in-the-desert/oclc/26976901</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Blue Jay in the Desert;\nAuthor:Marlene Shigekawa;\nIllustrator:Isao Kikuchi;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Polychrome;\nPubDate:1993;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/blue-jay-in-the-desert/oclc/26976901\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/blue-jay-in-the-desert/oclc/26976901</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Blue Jay in the Desert;\nCreators:Marlene Shigekawa; Isao Kikuchi (illustrator);\nInterestLevel:Grades 1-2; Grades 3-5;\nReadingLevel:Grades 1-2; Grades 3-5;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Quest for discovery; Rights - individual or societal;\nGenre:Children's; Picture book;\nPoV:Third-person; Japanese American boy;\nRelatedEvents:Mojave and the American Indian experiences;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:Yes;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Arizona;\nChronology:1942-1946;\nFacility:Poston (Colorado River) [2];\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<p><i>Blue Jay in the Desert</i> by Marlene Shigekawa and illustrated by Isao Kikuchi is a children's picture book about how the gift of a hand-carved wooden blue jay symbolizes the love and hope a grandfather gives to his grandson. \n</p><p>Everyone incarcerated at <a href=\"/wiki/Poston_(Colorado_River)\" title=\"Poston (Colorado River)\">Poston</a> admires the handiwork of Grandfather's wooden carvings. He tells Junior that he is carving something special for him—a blue jay. Junior wonders why not a grander bird, like an eagle or a crane? But Grandfather tells him that his careful choice of a blue jay has significance. So Junior asks many friends and neighbors for any information they know about blue jays, but he still can't quite figure it out. \n</p><p>One day, neighboring Mojave Indians visit the camp perimeter and present Junior's father with a small sack of corn, saying that it is \"to plant to help feed your people.\" The Mojave empathize with the plight of the Japanese Americans saying that they understand what it feels like \"to be moved away from our homes.\" Father is grateful, bows respectfully, and plants the precious seeds in their victory garden. That night Junior thinks of how grandfather told him how the Mojave were on this land long before Columbus came to America, and he dreams of flying on the back of a giant blue jay home to California.\n</p><p>Junior awakens and runs to tell grandfather that he thinks he understands his choice of a blue jay: it is because just like Junior and everyone else being held in the camp, a blue jay does not belong in the desert. Grandfather smiles and tells him that blue jays are also like the Japanese: they are loyal, brave, and have a knack for survival. \"Let this blue jay help you remember who you are and where you came from,\" he says. Then father shares the happy news that an announcement has been made that they can finally leave the camp.   \n</p><p><i>Blue Jay in the Desert</i> was published by the Polychrome Publishing Corporation in 1993. The author Marlene Shigekawa was born in Poston, Arizona, and the illustrator Isao Kikuchi was incarcerated at <a href=\"/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">Manzanar</a> and served with the <a href=\"/wiki/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">442nd Regimental Combat Team</a>.    \n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a href=\"/wiki/Jan_Kamiya\" title=\"Jan Kamiya\">Jan Kamiya</a></b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Kamiya, Jan</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Marlene Shigekawa website. <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.marleneshigekawa.com\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.marleneshigekawa.com</a>.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.080 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.081 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 307/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2043/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6734/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1393/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2715-0!*!0!*!*!5!* and timestamp 20170713021126 and revision id 25500\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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