On the Wings of Peace: Writers and Illustrators Speak Out for Peace, In Memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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To commemorate the fiftietth anni-versary of the bombings of Hiro-shima and Nagasaki, sixty children's book authors and illustrators have donated artwork, prose, and poetry dealing with peace. "An important and powerful book, filled with stunning and varied artistic visions and provocative voices." -- School Library Journal

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Overview

To commemorate the fiftietth anni-versary of the bombings of Hiro-shima and Nagasaki, sixty children's book authors and illustrators have donated artwork, prose, and poetry dealing with peace. "An important and powerful book, filled with stunning and varied artistic visions and provocative voices." -- School Library Journal

Famous authors and illustrators present a collection of prose and poetry exploring aspects of peace, from issues of personal and community violence to international conflict, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagaski, and the enviromental dangers of nuclear proliferation.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dedicated to the memory of those who perished when atomic bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki half a century ago, this poignant, hardhitting book collects the work of more than 60 noted writers and artists who, mostly through depictions of war, underscore the world's acute need for peace. A number of the entries tie into the devastating bombings of 1945, including Greg Mitchell's crisp if rather dry account of the origins of the Pacific war and nuclear physicist Michio Kaku's searing projection of what would happen if a hydrogen bomb were dropped on the Empire State Building. Other memorable selections include Joseph Bruchac's "Rabbit Foot," involving five warring Native American nations, and Katherine Paterson's "The Grandmother with Her Own Bomb," a true story about a bomb that falls through the roof of a Russian woman's house. Unfortunately, the biased note accompanying "Come Back, Palestine, Come Back" (``Due to wars in 1956, 1967, 1973, and 1982, Jews took territories from Arabs and created large refugee populations'') undermines the pacifist cause. Jerry Pinkney, Wendell Minor, Peter Catalanotto and Keiko Narahashi are among the distinguished artists included here. Ages 11-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The subtitle notes, "Writers and Illustrators Speak Out for Peace in Memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." This is a collection of stories, poems, and art by many well known individuals in the world of children's literature. They plead for alternatives to war, and their plea is made to the children who will be the adults of the twenty-first century.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
On the Wings of Peace, a collection of poems, stories, non-fiction, remembrances and illustrations from artists, writers, and spokespeople around the world, unites their voices and images to speak out for peace in memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The foreword by Sheila Hamanaka, a prominent children's book writer and illustrator, likens the project to the folding of a thousand paper cranes in memory of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who believed if she folded a thousand paper cranes, she would survive her illness. She died of leukemia caused by radiation from the atomic bomb, but is forever remembered, around the world, for her courage. The book succeeds as in spirited statement of its mission. Illustrations are poignant; the text is sensitive and informative; but the greatest gift is the incredible range. The art in a variety of mediums-collage, pastel, paintings and drawings; color schemes run from monochromatic to bright; and the illustrations depict fear, hope, joy, despair and more. The text has nonfiction pieces such as Michio Kaku's provocative "Thoughts from a Nuclear Physicist." There is poetry from Nikki Grimes-"A Prayer for Safety"-voicing a child's fear of living in a neighborhood where "bullets scream by too fast to count." Barbara Bedway chronicles letters written to an American friend by an Iranian child who experienced the horrors of war during the Gulf War in "Letters from Baghdad." Katherine Patterson tells a true tale from Russia about a woman who tries for forty-three years to convince officials that a bomb has fallen through her roof in "The Grandmother with Her Own Bomb." Thirty moving pieces give families opportunities to discuss the meanings of war and peace and purchases of the book will benefit international peace organizations.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-A memorable collection of art and writings dedicated to the people who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The book is diverse in every sense, representing varied literary and pictorial forms from a distinguished global assemblage of 60 authors and illustrators. Katherine Paterson tells of a Russian woman who failed for 43 years to convince the authorities that she had an unexploded bomb under her bed. Walter Dean Myers's poem, ``To a Child of War,'' addresses contemporary urban America. Historian Greg Mitchell gives background on World War II in the Pacific. Nuclear physicist Michio Kaku writes that Einstein's ``...famous equation, E=mc2, explains not only the nuclear furnace that lights up the stars; it also may someday be etched on the tombstone of the human race.'' In Japanese American Ken Mochizuki's story, he dreads school every December 7th and tells of meeting his uncle, a scarred victim of Hiroshima. There is an agenda here-peace and nuclear nonproliferation-but it manages to be edifying without being preachy. Not every piece is of equal distinction; lamentably, the cover art looks inappropriately young for the intended audience. Nonetheless, this is an important and powerful book, filled with stunning and varied artistic visions and provocative voices.-Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
Frances Bradburn
Don't let the picture-book format fool you. "On the Wings of Peace" is a hard-hitting, thoughtful book about war--all wars--and its effect on the human spirit, especially our children's. Sixty authors and illustrators have donated their work to create this book, the proceeds of which will go to benefit three international peace organizations. This beautiful, yet sobering book, focusing heavily on World War II but featuring selections concerned with more contemporary wars as well, has been crafted by the well-known and the less famous, people of all colors and nationalities. Poetry, letters, short stories, and essays, interspersed with haunting artwork, combine to form one clear and poignant message: war is hell.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395726198
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/9/1995
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 11.33 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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