The heartbreaking experiences of 7-year-old Mii and her parents, which began at 8:15 AM, August 6, 1945, when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. "A forceful statement of the need for nuclear disarmament."Publishers Weekly. "An extremely important book that should be bought and discussed with children in homes, schools, and libraries."Booklist.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story was very sad,yet it told the truth. This thing really happend.
I disagree with this earlier review. This book is going to be one-sided. Its goal was to show the point of view of a little girl during the bombing. After her story, to show all other sides would strip the meaning of one innocent little girl's point of view. I think it's important to teach the horror of what the victims of the bomb saw that day. The other review also states angrily that the Japanese are putting themselves in a 'victim state', and that in reality, they created many atrocities to Americans. What it fails to mention is that the Japanese *gov't* created these atrocities, but the nuclear attack killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, whose horrors still continue to mark today's new generation of Japanese w/ microcephaly and cancer, and hordes of other frightening health risks that recreate the experience of the bomb, by putting them at war with their own bodies. They and their ancestors are indeed the victims. I believe this book is excellent at depicting the experiences that the victims went through that day. It is the their voice that is honored in this book, and their story that needs to be told.
I have used this book for the last ten years when teaching about WWII and the bombing of Hiroshima. It is one of the few books on this subject that is suitable for use in a middle school setting--not too complex but yet it does not sugar coat the topic. My students love this book and we have a great time analyzing not just the text, but the wonderful drawings. It does a great job of helping my students understand the Japanese viewpoint of this event. I recommend without reservation!