Parents' Guide to

East of the Rockies

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Moving, engaging look at WWII Japanese Canadian internment.

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age 10+

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age 10+

Captivating and Educational

Enter a world in which you get to explore and learn at the same time. A meandering experience, East of the Rockies is a slower paced immersive experience. Based on the novel, Obasan, by Joy Kogawa this AR experience prompted some great conversations about WW2, Canada's involvement in the war, and the impact on many different groups of people. It is a detailed exploration of a Japanese internment camp, a detail often not discussed when students are taught about WW2. I would highly recommend exploring this AR landscape with your child, and taking the time to engage in a discussion during that exploration. It's a wonderful, thought-provoking experience that facilitates reflection and thoughtfulness about larger themes such as fear, isolation, choice, loyalty, and the impact on societies during and after traumatic events.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Atmospheric music and beautiful graphics accompany a moving story that details an important period of Canadian history. Yuki, a young Japanese Canadian woman, draws in listeners to follow her story of struggle and hardship due to policies of the Canadian government. Yuki's story gently explores a difficult topic and gives kids a first-hand account of what it was like to be forced into internment, robbed of all your belongings and unwanted in your own country. The augmented reality touches help kids feel even more intimately involved in the story, even if they don't always work perfectly. At most, technical hiccups just mean that kids have to tap around a bit until they find the magic mystery spot on the screen that keeps the story going. On another technical note, it would be nice to see navigation tools that allow kids to move forward or backward to different points in the story. Overall, however, East of the Rockies offers wonderfully crafted coverage of the 20th-century Japanese Canadian experience and is an exceptional use of the screen to help kids feel like they're a part of history.

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