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Weedflower
by Cynthia Kadohota
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1.Do you have a younger sibling who follows you around? Do you like it? Did you ever follow an older sibling?
 
2.What is the significance of the title?
 
3.What did you learn from this story "history-wise" and "life-wise?"
 
4.Why does Sumiko work so hard? Why doesn't she have many friends?
 
5.How are Sumiko's cousins Bull and Ichiro alike/different?
 
6.What are some of the values of Sumiko's family? Are they similar or different from the values of families you know?
 
7.Do you think there would be a chance today that the United States would put a group of people into internment camps because of fear? Do you think any group today would submit to this as quietly as the Japanese did?
 
8.How did Sumiko feel about being "uninvited" to the birthday party? How would you have handled the situation if you had been in her shoes?
 
9.Why is Sumiko's family so frightened when they hear about the attack on Pearl Harbor? Are they justified in their fear?
 
10.If you had to leave your home with just a few possessions, what would you choose to bring along?
 
11.Why does Sumiko like being "bad?"
 
12.How does helping Mr Moto with his garden give Sumiko hope?
 
13.Sumiko thinks the Japanese might have more freedom inside the camp than outside. What do you think of that?
 
14.Are you satisfied with the ending?
 
15.What do you think will become of Sumiko and her family? What about Frank?
 
Author Website:
http://www.kira-kira.us/
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