The Girl with the White Flag: An Inspiring Story of Love and Courage in Wartime

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New York Newsday called this memoir of a warhood childhood in Japan "one of the saddest and yet most uplifting books about childhood you will ever encounter."

Separated from her family in the confusion and horror of World War II, seven-year-old Tomiko Higa struggles to survive on the battlefield of Okinawa, Japan. There, as some of the fiercest fighting of the war rages around her, she must live alone, with nothing to fall back on but her own ...

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Overview

New York Newsday called this memoir of a warhood childhood in Japan "one of the saddest and yet most uplifting books about childhood you will ever encounter."

Separated from her family in the confusion and horror of World War II, seven-year-old Tomiko Higa struggles to survive on the battlefield of Okinawa, Japan. There, as some of the fiercest fighting of the war rages around her, she must live alone, with nothing to fall back on but her own wits and daring. Fleeing from encroaching enemy forces, searching desperately for her lost sisters, taking scraps of food from the knapsacks of dead soldiers, risking death at every turn, Tomiko somehow finds the strength and courage to survive.

Many years later she decided to tell this story. Originally intended for juvenile readers, it is sure to move adults as well, because it is such a vivid portrait of the unintended civilian casualties of any war.

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an original, candid, and attention gripping autobiographical narrative which is superbly written and enthusiastically recommended
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784770019462
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Pages: 127
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.53 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Okinawa, TOMOKO HIGA worked for twenty-seven years at the Okinawa branch of the American Express Company while completing her high school and undergraduate education. She graduated in law from the University of Okinawa in 1991. In 1984, when film footage of a little girl carrying a white flag drew public attention, Higa finally decided to come forward. Her gripping narrative achieved popular and critical acclaim in her native country, and the now-famous photo of the author has become a symbol calling for world peace.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
The Peaceful Island of Okinawa 13
My Home 13
My Father 21
Fun-Loving Nini 32
The Kind and Gentle Soldier 36
Joining the Refugees 40
Waiting for Father 40
A Glimpse of Hell 43
Parting with Nini 48
Fleeing Alone 52
My Animal Friends 58
The Ants 58
The Rat's Gift 61
Nini the Rabbit 63
Nini Saves My Life 67
From Cave to Cave 69
"If You Want to Escape, Now's the Time!" 69
The Chase 72
Saved by a Fluke 74
A River of Death 76
A Fateful Meeting 80
The Cave 80
Peace Among the Three of Us 88
Scenes from Hell 92
The Preciousness of Life 95
Fulfilling My Duty 100
The Hurried Parting 100
An Emblem of Safety 107
The Reunion 113
Searching for the Photographer 119
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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    This is a very compelling story of the hardships and brutality t

    This is a very compelling story of the hardships and brutality that war brings to the civilians close to the battlefield. A must read to really understand why 1/3 third of the island population perished during the Japanese occupation and subsequent American invasion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2002

    GREAT BOOK

    It was a very good book. What that girl did was absoulutly amazing at her age. I liked it a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2000

    An Excellent Selection for Children

    Having first read this book in third grade, I cannot express how deeply it moved me. Well written and extremely intriguing, I cannot wait until my sisters are able to reas it. I am certain they will find it an excellent depiction of a young girl's trials and triumphs.

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