Amy Lee-Tai was born in Queens, New York and is of Japanese and Chinese ancestry. She first learned of the internment from her mother and through her grandmother, Hisako Hibi's paintings. After earning her Master's in Education from Harvard, she worked in schools as a Reading Specialist. Amy now lives in Virginia with her husband and children. A Place Where Sunflowers Grow is her first book.
FELICIA HOSHINO is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer, who has also illustrated Lee & Low's A Place Where Sunflowers Grow and Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin. In addition to creating mixed-media images for children's books and magazines, she enjoys creating children's portraits, cooking with her husband, and decorating the walls at home with art created by her son and daughter. Hoshino lives in her native San Francisco, California, with her family. You can visit her online at felishino.com.
Hoshino's watercolor-and-mixed-media illustrations are golden, topaz-touched. . . . A richly informative introduction to a subject little-addressed in works for children. -- Kirkus Reviews
Lee-Tai's tale, with its emphasis on the internees' dignity and feelings, offers the gentlest introduction to this tragic episode. -- School Library Journal
Hoshino's ink-and-watercolor spreads both provide historical information and convey the story's emotional weight--and do both with grace. -- Publishers WeeklyJane Addams Children's Book Award, Jane Addams Peace Association