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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Growing up in Hiroshima during the early 1940s, Morimoto spent her days playing with friends, drawing at home and attending school. This peaceful existence came to a cruel and abrupt end on August 6, 1945, when an atomic bomb was dropped on the city and 70,000 people were killed instantly. (By the end of the year the death toll had doubled.) The author's immediate family survived, but the explosion left her with vivid memories of death and destruction, which she shares in this extremely moving, powerful account. In unemotional, nonjudgmental language, she recalls seeing the burns on her father's face, watching the corpses being burned on the school's playing fields, finding the bones of friends and witnessing a child trying to wake up her dead mother. Photos and Morimoto's drawings subtly underscore the contrast between life before and after the bombing of this courageous woman's home. This is a shocking story, but one that every American child should know. Ages 5-up. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- In forthright, unemotional words and affecting pictures, Morimoto, a high-school student when her city was destroyed by the first atomic bomb, relates her experience. The day of the bomb, the explosion, and the devastation it brought are rendered in artwork that moves from peaceful snapshots of daily life, to a small plane in a clear blue sky, through the explosion--an all-encompassing brown swirl in which Junko and her sister cling to one another--and climaxes with a mushroom cloud superimposed over almost surrealistic masses of writhing, pleading, and grasping hands. The horrors of the suffering and destruction are shown in strong shades of brown and black. People, neat and precise in prebomb pictures, are depicted in a more impressionistic style. A final photograph shows Morimoto as a grown woman returning to her school that is now clean white ground. Facts about Hiroshima are appended, as is a letter to parents and teachers detailing Morimoto's reasons for writing this book. This nonfiction title in picture-book format is a frank, powerful story in which both text and illustration work together without sentimentality or sensationalism to show the horror of war. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140545241
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Series: Picture Puffin Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    I am fortunate to have found this book at my library. They were

    I am fortunate to have found this book at my library. They were throwing away stacks of books. This one interested
    me because My mother told me that during the bombing of Hiroshima, my uncle may have been on the plane that
    dropped the first atomic bomb. (The U.S. sent up 2 or 3 different planes. Each with a bomb. None of the Service Men knew
    if the bomb came from their aircraft until much later) She said it would have been too much burden to bear to have dropped the bomb.
    I'm hoping I remember all the facts correctly as my Mother and Father have passed away. May the experiences of WW Two never be forgotten. This book is hard cover with jacket. very good condition. The date of 1987 cover illustration, copy right. Does anyone have idea of value ?

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