Follow Jimmy the Cat's inspirational journey as he uses his imagination to empower himself and survive trauma while in a prison camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. Before feelings of hopelessness can overcome him, he turns to his imagination and creativity to transport him to places where he no longer feels frightened and restrained-instead feeling self-empowered and free. He reminds himself that, Others may have the power to shackle my body, but I always hold the power to free my mind. Featuring Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani's drawings, this book brings hope and inspiration to anyone who has experienced difficult situations beyond their control. A special foreword written by George Takei.
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Dr. Honda's own father was held at the Manzanar Relocation Center as a teenager. A child and adolescent psychologist who received her training and education at Harvard University and Columbia University. She has worked first as a clinician and later as a Clinical Director of Child Haven, a family mental health agency specializing in the care and treatment of children who suffer from the effects of physical abuse and neglect. In much of her work with traumatized children, Dr. Honda uses art as a way of helping children gain some safe distance from the painful impact of their haunting memories and as a tool with with which they can finally heal. In 2010, Dr. Honda was honored as Practitioner of the Year by the Solano County Child Abuse Council and California State Assembly. Dr. Honda has a private practice in Davis, CA where she resides with her husband and their children.Review:
Dr. Loriene Honda artfully presents a little-known dark chapter in American history-the World War II Japanese-American internment. Jimmy Mirikitani's hauntingly beautiful drawings live on through an uplifting story of truimph over tragedy and freedom over fear, leaving readers' hearts, young and old, filled with universality of hope. As a daughter of Manzanar internees, I sincerely thank her for sharing Jimmy the Cat's story. --Mariko Yamada, California Assembly, Fourth District
An amazing convergence of history, healing and hope. Children will delight in the colorful images, while being irresistibly drawn to mindful breathing and ultimately, healing from their own trauma. A valuable tool for parents, teachers and therapists. --Satsuki Ina, Ph.D., Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker and Psychologist
Creativity helps children to understand injustice, resilience, and adaptation. By weaving the story of a cat who accompanies a Japanese-American family in the World War II internment camps, Loriene Honda successfully helps to promote emotional insight, optimism, and adaptation strategies for children. --Stanley Sue, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Excellence in Diversity, Palo Alto University
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Book Description Martin Pearl Publishing, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Jimmy Tstomu Mirikitani (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1936528118
Book Description Martin Pearl Publishing, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111936528118
Book Description Martin Pearl Publishing, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 40 pages. 10.10x9.90x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1936528118