"Wonderful and powerful . . . This story has kept our memories alive." -Toshimi Ishida, survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, student at Honkawa Elementary School
"[This] inspiring story . . . reminds us to live hand in hand together on this earth." -Hiroko Matsui, first lady of Hiroshima
"There's never been a story like this in English. Running with Cosmos Flowers is like a Bible of Peace." -Tomoko Furusawa, survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, student at Honkawa Elementary School
|Publisher:||Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Shizumi Shigeto Manale was born in Hiroshima three years after the end of World War II. A performing artist, she was classically trained in Kyogen and Noh theater and Jiuta-mai dance and is an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, director, and author. Manale's awards include an ACE award for excellence in dance and drama and the President's Volunteer Service Award. She produced the award-winning documentary Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard. Manale lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, Andrew.
Richard Marshall, who served as principal speechwriter for the United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, has worked as a writer, editor, and public affairs officer with numerous diplomatic governmental organizations. Since retiring in 2012, he has been writing full time. Marshall lives with his wife, Zakia, in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an amazing work. It is lyrical, yet true to the fact. Sad but hopeful. Through the children's viewpoints, this story tells an experience in history that should be shared universally. Unlike some orthodox war stories, there is no glory, blaming or justification. Children live the life given to them as best they can. And they teach us what is the most the important thing in life.
David Minton : Play writer and director at Lumina Studio Theater in MD . Shizumi Shizumi Manale’s Running with Cosmos flowers is a remarkable achievement – remarkable not simply in its unique story of unimaginable devastation seen through the eyes of a young Japanese girl, but in its message of rebirth and transformation. I was impressed by the vividness of the “gift” images Ms. Manale creates against a seemingly hopeless wasteland – a small birthday bell, the treasure of clean white shoes, the small resilient cosmos flowers, and new colored pencils unpacked in a gray world – that make a poetry amidst the radioactive horrors. The author blends a page-turning narrative with quiet meditations on what it means to be resourceful child in an aftermath of annihilation, a determined school learning and teaching lessons of hope. I look forward with great anticipation to Shizumi Manale’s next novel – she is an exceptional storyteller.